Labour market snapshots

The monthly Labour Market Snapshot offers a quick overview of B.C.'s labour market. You'll find industry and regional highlights, as well as information on provincial employment, unemployment and participation rates.

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November 2018

B.C. employment trends

Industry highlights

Jobs (% change
since last month)
Jobs (change
since last month)
Accommodation and Food Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,000
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+14.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,300
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,000
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,800
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+600
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,400
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,300
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,600
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+600
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+200
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+600
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,000

Source: Labour Force Survey (monthly, seasonally adjusted)

Regional highlights

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Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Unemployment rate (%) November 2018 vs November 2017
Cariboo November 20184.9% vs November 20175.9%
Kootenay November 20184.1% vs November 20177.5%
Mainland / Southwest November 20183.9% vs November 20174.1%
Abbotsford November 2018 4.6% vs November 2017 4.9%
Mission November 2018 4.6% vs November 2017 4.9%
Vancouver November 2018 4.1% vs November 2017 4.2%
North Coast & Nechako November 20184.0% vs November 20175.0%
Northeast November 20184.3% vs November 20175.3%
Thompson-Okanagan November 20184.9% vs November 20177.6%
Kelowna November 2018 3.9% vs November 2017 6.1%
Vancouver Island / Coast November 20183.7% vs November 20174.4%
Victoria November 2018 3.8% vs November 2017 3.3%

Source: Monthly Labour Force Survey, 3-month moving average, seasonally unadjusted