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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January 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)
-2.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,300
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+15.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,600
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+7,800
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,400
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,200
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-600
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,900
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,500
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,300
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
0.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
0
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,700
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+8.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,100
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+12,200

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 (%) January 2018 vs January 2017
Cariboo January 20187.3% vs January 20178.8%
Kootenay January 20187.4% vs January 20177.7%
Mainland / Southwest January 20184.0% vs January 20174.9%
Abbotsford January 2018 4.4% vs January 2017 6.6%
Mission January 2018 4.4% vs January 2017 N/A
Vancouver January 2018 4.1% vs January 2017 4.8%
North Coast & Nechako January 20185.7% vs January 20177.5%
Northeast January 20183.8% vs January 201710.5%
Thompson-Okanagan January 20187.2% vs January 20178.6%
Kelowna January 2018 6.5% vs January 2017 7.8%
Vancouver Island / Coast January 20185.3% vs January 20175.3%
Victoria January 2018 3.9% vs January 2017 4.4%

N/A - Data not available

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