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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September 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)
+4.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,900
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+14.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,600
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,700
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,400
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+6.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,800
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,400
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,200
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,400
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+5.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+300
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+6.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,300
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,400
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-12.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-200
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.6%
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 (%) September 2018 vs September 2017
Cariboo September 20185.0% vs September 20176.5%
Kootenay September 20187.2% vs September 20177.7%
Mainland / Southwest September 20184.5% vs September 20174.7%
Abbotsford September 2018 4.8% vs September 2017 5.5%
Mission September 2018 4.8% vs September 2017 5.5%
Vancouver September 2018 4.5% vs September 2017 4.5%
North Coast & Nechako September 20184.7% vs September 20175.5%
Northeast September 20185.6% vs September 20175.2%
Thompson-Okanagan September 20185.9% vs September 20176.4%
Kelowna September 2018 5.7% vs September 2017 5.4%
Vancouver Island / Coast September 20184.6% vs September 20175.1%
Victoria September 2018 3.9% vs September 2017 4.5%

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