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Feature of the month | July 2010

British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has launched an important tool that will be of assistance to students, job seekers and employers.

British Columbia Labour Market Outlook is a web-based, interactive report that provides users with reliable information such as the projected number and type of job openings in a given area. The Outlook is targeted to help citizens, employers, educators and government to accurately forecast occupational supply and demand in B.C. over a 10-year period. Fourteen industries and 140 occupations are profiled in seven economic development regions of the province.

John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce, says employment forecasting provides important information that is necessary for improving efficiency in the labour market. “The BC Labour Market Outlook will provide employers with labour market data we have not had before.”

Diane Finley, minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, says the federal government understands that provinces and territories are in the best position to address regional labour market needs. “We are proud to support the development of a tool that will help government, employers and workers prepare for jobs of the future.”

The Outlook was produced in collaboration with the B.C. Ministry of Finance and BC Stats.

To view, go to http://www.workbc.ca/docs/BCLMOutlook.pdf.

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