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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December 2020

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)
-3.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-7,400
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,600
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+800
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-5,700
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,400
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,300
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,500
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,800
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,600
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+900
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+600

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 (%) December 2020 vs December 2019
Cariboo December 20209.3% vs December 20196.8%
Kootenay December 20206.6% vs December 20194.2%
Mainland / Southwest December 20207.1% vs December 20194.5%
Abbotsford December 2020 8.4% vs December 2019 4.9%
Mission December 2020 8.4% vs December 2019 4.9%
Vancouver December 2020 7.4% vs December 2019 4.8%
North Coast & Nechako December 20205.6% vs December 20193.9%
Northeast December 20204.3% vs December 20195.1%
Thompson-Okanagan December 20207.7% vs December 20195.0%
Kelowna December 2020 4.5% vs December 2019 4.1%
Vancouver Island / Coast December 20207.3% vs December 20194.6%
Victoria December 2020 5.8% vs December 2019 3.4%

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