The province saw a total of 54,900 (-2.4 per cent) jobs eliminated by the end of the year with most of those losses in the goods sector where one in 10 (-11 per cent) jobs disappeared. Especially hard-hit were manufacturing (-12.6 per cent) and forestry, fishing and mining (-11.2 per cent), two industries that had already posted substantial job losses during the previous year. Service sector employment remained virtually unchanged in 2009 as workforce reductions in transportation (-10 per cent), accommodation and food (-3.4 per cent) and finance, insurance and real estate (-2.8 per cent) were offset by employment gains in health care (+6 per cent), trade (+4 per cent) and public administration (+3.3 per cent).
- Statistics Canada, B.C. Stats