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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July 2019

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)
+2.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,300
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+300
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+900
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+6.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+10,900
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+300
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,800
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,200
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,500
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,600
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,000
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,500
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-12.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,600
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,900

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 (%) July 2019 vs July 2018
Cariboo July 20195.4% vs July 20185.3%
Kootenay July 20194.7% vs July 20186.0%
Mainland / Southwest July 20194.3% vs July 20184.5%
Abbotsford July 2019 5.5% vs July 2018 4.8%
Mission July 2019 5.5% vs July 2018 4.8%
Vancouver July 2019 4.0% vs July 2018 4.4%
North Coast & Nechako July 20194.8% vs July 20185.8%
Northeast July 20194.9% vs July 20187.4%
Thompson-Okanagan July 20194.4% vs July 20186.0%
Kelowna July 2019 4.3% vs July 2018 5.7%
Vancouver Island / Coast July 20194.1% vs July 20184.6%
Victoria July 2019 3.8% vs July 2018 4.2%

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