All Atlantic provinces had fewer jobs in 2017 compared to 2013.
British Columbia (BC) reigns supreme over this period averaging 2.15% annual job growth. There's more to political success than employment growth. The BC Liberal government was defeated in May 2017 in the midst of this provincial job boom.
Over a longer period, employment growing faster in Quebec than in Ontario is one of the little-noticed economic stories of this millenium. Quebec's annualized average job growth of 1.3% has exceeded Ontario at 1.2% (2017 vs. 2001). Quebec ranked 4th among the provinces over this period behind Alberta (2.15%), BC (1.6%) and Saskatchewan (1.3%). The 3 westernmost provinces benefited from the oil and gas boom until 2014.
Quebec's reputation as one of Canada's economic tortoises dates back to the last century. Quebec jobs rose at a 1.2% annualized rate over 25 years to 2001 from 1976 -- the year that the PQ was first elected. The PQ was in power for 16 years of this quarter-century period from 1976 to 2001. Quebec ranked 7th in Canada annualized average job growth. Alberta (2.6%), BC (2.4%) and Ontario (1.9%) were Canada's economic hares from 1976 to 2001.
Although the last 4 years mark a restoration of Ontario's superior job growth performance vs. Quebec, la belle province did take the bronze medal among 10 provinces in 2017 with 2.2% year-over-year job growth -- behind BC (3.7%) and Prince Edward Island (PEI at 3.1%). Ontario ranked 4th with 1.8% job growth in 2017.
(Update may 2018) Employment data for the first 4 months of 2018 show PEI in front with 3% annual job growth vs. 2017. (Data not seasonally adjusted.) Alberta is in silver position at 2% with oil prices now higher than at any time since the recent 2014 peak. Quebec takes bronze at 1.96% with Ontario outside the 2018 medals in 4th at 1.7%. Newfoundland remains last with jobs down another -0.8% so far in 2018 as that province's economy continues to suffer from the double whammy of lower oil prices (since the recent highs of 2014) and a fiscal adjustment enforced by the bond market.