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 2021

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)
+1,600
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-7.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,800
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,200
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,100
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,100
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,800
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-400
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,700
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,100
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,700
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+700
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-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 (%) May 2021 vs May 2020
Cariboo May 20216.5% vs May 202010.6%
Kootenay May 20216.5% vs May 202014.8%
Mainland / Southwest May 20217.3% vs May 202010.6%
Abbotsford May 2021 5.6% vs May 2020 7.5%
Mission May 2021 5.6% vs May 2020 7.5%
Vancouver May 2021 7.5% vs May 2020 10.7%
North Coast & Nechako May 20216.5% vs May 202012.1%
Northeast May 20214.5% vs May 202011.1%
Thompson-Okanagan May 20217.5% vs May 20209.5%
Kelowna May 2021 5.8% vs May 2020 9.6%
Vancouver Island / Coast May 20216.6% vs May 202011.0%
Victoria May 2021 6.3% vs May 2020 10.1%

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