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Greater Victoria, BC News


Date ArticleType
8/7/2013 Published Article
A clash of views on how easy it is to land a job in Greater Victoria

Alan Arcand, principal economist with the Conference Board, said the help-wanted index is based on surveying online job ads.

The board measures the number of unemployed in a region compared to the number of job postings.

Bruce Carter, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, said the Conference Board is off target but, he added, the local job market could be vulnerable.

Tech, manufacturing and tourism are all doing well in Victoria, but there are questions hanging over one of the region’s largest employers — the provincial government, he said. “That’s probably where the challenge comes. Not only do we see the [province’s] core review — and there’s no question in my mind that will end in some workforce reductions — but the other part is the challenge for all of the providers that service government,” he said. “They are having to continue on fiscal restraint budgets so they’re not spending a lot of money.”

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