But as more people entered the workforce last month the province's unemployment rate edged up 0.3 percentage points to 4.7% between December and January.
Most of the jobs were in the private sector, which recorded the biggest month-to-month increase since the agency started collecting the data point in 1976. He added that he used the word "supposedly" because monthly job numbers tend to bounce around a little bit.
"Labour markets still look solid". That's because an increasingly large portion of the population is longer attached to the labour force, either through full- or part-time employment or by looking for work.
The rate sat at 5.2 per cent in November and 4.8 in October.
That's down from 5.2 in December and 5.9 per cent a year earlier.
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"Overall, it's been a good day for readings on the Canadian economy", says Royce Mendes, senior economist at CIBC, in a research note.
The bumper jobs data, the second month of outsized gains in the last three, is one of the last major indicators ahead of the Bank of Canada's next rate decision on March 6. In fact, 2018 was B.C.'s highest annual wage growth in the past 10 years.
Employment was up slightly - rising from 61 per cent in December to 61.2 per cent in January - as was the participation rate, which rose from 64.6 per cent to 64.7 per cent during the period.
Still, the January bounce for 15- to 24-year-olds is likely to be noted by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, who has long lamented the low participation rate for youth.
Last month, the rate was at 5.4%, nearly a full percentage point jump. The central bank stayed on the sidelines last month after five hikes since July 2017, and most analysts expect no action.
"Volatility returned with a notable increase in employment during the month of January", he wrote.