B.C. bucks Canada’s flat job market

B.C. is the only province to add jobs in June, according to Stats Canada

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British Columbia was the only province in Canada to add jobs during June’s flat job market. According to Statistics Canada’s latest numbers, the overall jobless rate, at 6.8 per cent, is now at its lowest level in almost a year, but that’s because fewer people were looking for work. “The weak details reinforce the view that Canada’s job market is struggling to stay above the waterline, almost everywhere except British Columbia,” says Doug Porter, chief economist at Bank of Montreal. (CBC)

The old-fashioned 9-to-5 long-term benefit-laden job is disappearing, replaced by poorly paid temporary gigs. Maybe not, according to historical data. Mark Gimein takes on the myth, arguing that the typical worker now stays at a job six months longer than the average worker did a decade ago. That could be a good thing—in roaring economies, workers switch jobs more frequently. (The New Yorker)

Speaking of myths, millennials are a generation driven by finding “purpose” in their careers, right? Again, the answer is complex. Part of the problem in pigeon-holing the millennial cohort is the lack of longitudinal studies. Didn’t everyone want to find meaningful work when they were 21? (Fast Company)

The diversity problem in the tech industry has been much discussed. Now, a small market of recruitment tech and workplace collaboration applications have cropped up to help Silicon Valley increase the number of women and minorities they employ. Call it the “diversity market.” (Fast Company)

Amazon is creating what it calls “the workplace of the future” in downtown Seattle. The three gigantic spheres now rising in the shadow of an office tower will open in 2018. They will be filled with trees. (Bloomberg)