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.

Select snapshot month  

September 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)
-1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,200
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-6.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-14,600
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+10.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+17,100
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+7,600
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,400
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,800
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,500
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,200
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,100
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-400
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+500

Source: Labour Force Survey (monthly, seasonally adjusted)

Regional highlights

Select your region:
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Unemployment rate (%) September 2020 vs September 2019
Cariboo September 202010.5% vs September 20196.8%
Kootenay September 20208.9% vs September 20196.6%
Mainland / Southwest September 202010.6% vs September 20194.9%
Abbotsford September 2020 8.0% vs September 2019 5.0%
Mission September 2020 8.0% vs September 2019 5.0%
Vancouver September 2020 11.1% vs September 2019 4.6%
North Coast & Nechako September 20209.0% vs September 20194.9%
Northeast September 20207.0% vs September 20196.2%
Thompson-Okanagan September 20209.0% vs September 20194.5%
Kelowna September 2020 8.0% vs September 2019 4.1%
Vancouver Island / Coast September 20209.3% vs September 20194.1%
Victoria September 2020 9.1% vs September 2019 3.2%

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