The Bank of Canada's core measure of inflation, which excludes the most volatile prices such as energy and food products, was higher, rising 0.2 points to  2.3 per cent.

Consumer prices in BC actually fell on a month-over-month basis, but were up a modest 1.1 per cent year-over-year.

The relatively sharp uptick in both headline CPI and core inflation in October could spark some concern that the Bank of Canada will act sooner than later on interest rates to tame consumer prices.

While strong economic growth and a lower dollar are exerting pressure on consumer prices, inflation remains within the Bank's 2 to 3 per cent control range and we therefore expect the Bank to remain on hold until at least mid-2015, 

BCREA November 2014

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October was another big month for job growth as the Canadian economy added 43,000 jobs. The national unemployment rate dropped 0.3 points to 6.5 per cent, the lowest rate since November 2008. 

In BC, employment grew by 4,600 jobs in October. Full-time employment expanded by 6,600 jobs while part-time employment fell by 2,000.

The provincial unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.1 per cent. Year-to-date, total employment in BC is up just 0.7 per cent.

November 2014

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