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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January 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)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,000
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+300
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,400
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,800
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,700
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-700
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,800
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,100
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,700
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,600
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,800
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+400
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,200

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 (%) January 2020 vs January 2019
Cariboo January 20207.5% vs January 2019N/A
Kootenay January 20204.4% vs January 2019N/A
Mainland / Southwest January 20204.4% vs January 2019N/A
Abbotsford January 2020 5.0% vs January 2019 N/A
Mission January 2020 5.0% vs January 2019 N/A
Vancouver January 2020 4.5% vs January 2019 N/A
North Coast & Nechako January 20203.5% vs January 2019N/A
Northeast January 20204.2% vs January 2019N/A
Thompson-Okanagan January 20205.5% vs January 2019N/A
Kelowna January 2020 4.2% vs January 2019 N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast January 20205.1% vs January 2019N/A
Victoria January 2020 3.5% vs January 2019 N/A

N/A - Data not available

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