British Columbia introducing family day
VICTORIA — British Columbia will join Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan in celebrating Family Day. The new statutory holiday will be celebrated on the third Monday of every February starting in 2013 to give employers time to adjust. Manitoba (Louis Riel Day) and Prince Edward Island (Islander Day) also have holidays on the same date. The announcement came as part of the throne speech, which partly focused on job creation. “In the coming months, we will chart a clear course for British Columbia as we navigate through these challenging economic times,” said Premier Christy Clark. “We have a plan to protect and create jobs across British Columbia, and delivering on Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan will be my central mission.”
Jobless rate declines in September
OTTAWA — Following two months of little change, employment rose by 61,000 in September, all in full-time work, according to Statistics Canada. This increase pushed the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.1 per cent, the lowest rate since December 2008. Since September 2010, employment has grown by 1.7 per cent (294,000). Over this period, full-time employment rose by 2.5 per cent (344,000), part-time work declined by 1.5 per cent (50,000) and total actual hours worked increased two per cent. September’s employment increase was spread across a number of industries, with gains in: educational services; professional, scientific and technical services; accommodation and food services; natural resources; and public administration, said Statistics Canada.