08/09/2013 02:23 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT

B.C. Job Losses Number 11,700 In July

VANCOUVER - The unemployment rate jumped in British Columbia in July with the loss of 11,700 jobs, but the provincial government says there are almost 39,000 more people working since it introduced its jobs plan.

The latest figures show the provincial unemployment rate jumping to 6.7 per cent from 6.3 in June.

Part-time workers, especially those in the wholesale and retail sectors, saw the biggest losses in the province dropping by 17,800 jobs, partially offset by a gain in full time work of 6,100.

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond says monthly fluctuations are expected and she notes B.C. has experienced job losses in July in three of the last five years.

Figures show youth employment, for those under 24 years old, decreased in July by 7,700 jobs compared to last month.

There were strong gains in employment in the goods-producing sector, driven by 9,500 jobs in construction and 1,700 who found work in the agriculture industry.

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