Statistics Canada's labour force survey for July 2020 shows B.C. to date has recouped about 58 per cent of the jobs lost in March and April amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another 70,200 jobs were created last month, adding to the employment gains seen in May and June, according to the survey.
The month saw job gains in some of the hardest-hit sectors of the economy as more businesses reopen their doors. Wholesale and retail trade, along with food services and accommodation, increased by 48,300 jobs in July.
Total job losses since the start of the pandemic stand at 164,900. While B.C.’s unemployment rate fell by about two percentage points, it remains at 11.1 per cent.
"BC's Restart Plan continues to create positive signs for our economy, but we still have a long way to go as we build a strong recovery, said Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness Michelle Mungall.