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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May 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)
+4.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+8,000
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-800
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-5,400
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,000
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-800
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,800
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-700
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-700
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,400
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,000
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+500
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.9%
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

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Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Unemployment rate (%) May 2018 vs May 2017
Cariboo May 20185.6% vs May 20177.5%
Kootenay May 20185.1% vs May 20177.7%
Mainland / Southwest May 20184.4% vs May 20175.2%
Abbotsford May 2018 4.6% vs May 2017 5.8%
Mission May 2018 4.6% vs May 2017 N/A
Vancouver May 2018 4.1% vs May 2017 5.3%
North Coast & Nechako May 20188.8% vs May 20176.5%
Northeast May 20187.9% vs May 20177.0%
Thompson-Okanagan May 20186.8% vs May 20176.5%
Kelowna May 2018 5.0% vs May 2017 4.5%
Vancouver Island / Coast May 20184.9% vs May 20174.8%
Victoria May 2018 3.9% vs May 2017 3.7%

N/A - Data not available

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