UPDATE: Jobless rate hits 7 year high.
61,000 fulltime jobs announced as lost in March,
BC saw steepest job losses - 23,000 jobs,
Over 357,000 jobs lost in last 5 months, the largest five-month plunge since the deep 1982 recession.
Canada has been shedding jobs at a faster rate than the United States and that trend did not abate over the last month. It will be the fifth straight month of job losses and the outlook for the summer is no better.
"I expect the numbers will continue to be worse over the next several months," Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters in Oshawa on Wednesday. "I expect tomorrow's numbers to be not encouraging. When we lose jobs, it takes a long time to turn that around."
The median forecast of analysts surveyed by Reuters is for the economy to shed 55,000 jobs in March and for the unemployment rate to rise to 8% from 7.7% in February.
Personally I predict a much worse result and anticipate the statistics will show that the economy shed 60,000 - 80,000 jobs in March, up to 80% higher than the 'median forecast of analysts'. Look for the Canadian dollar to take a hit as well.
Look for the situation in BC to be particularly poor. And the impact to start catching up on Real Estate by the end of summer.
The numbers by Province are now in. BC lost 23,000 full time jobs, Alberta lost 15,000 & Ontario lost 11,000.
The numbers for British Columbia are even more devestating when you consider that BC's population is 4,419,974. Ontario's population is 12,986,857.
BC had more than twice as many full time job losses as Ontario, but has one-third the population of Ontario.
On a per capita basis, BC was devestated last month. And all signs point to the trend continuing through April.