We pay attention to "manufacturing" in BC because this sector employs approximately 170 thousand people in British Columbia, or roughly 7.5 per cent of the BC workforce.
- On a national level, Canadian manufacturing sales rose a bit for the third consecutive month in 11 of the 21 sub sectors.
- In BC, manufacturing sales fell a bit in the last month, but they've been up over all this quarter - just over 3% higher - than the first quarter last year.
The "durable goods" sector, which includes wood products, mineral products and machinery and equipment manufacturing, continued to be a drag on manufacturing output in BC. "Non-durable goods" like paper, clothing, and food manufacturing, were also lower in March BUT have posted a 9 per cent gain in the first quarter when compared to 2013. - bcrea.bc.ca
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