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 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)
+16.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+24,100
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-6.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,800
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,000
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-7,300
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,500
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,400
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+7,300
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-600
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+6.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,300
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+500
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+5.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,000
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+6.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+24,200

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 (%) July 2020 vs July 2019
Cariboo July 202010.2% vs July 20195.4%
Kootenay July 202012.9% vs July 20194.7%
Mainland / Southwest July 202012.8% vs July 20194.3%
Abbotsford July 2020 8.3% vs July 2019 5.5%
Mission July 2020 8.3% vs July 2019 5.5%
Vancouver July 2020 13.3% vs July 2019 4.0%
North Coast & Nechako July 202014.2% vs July 20194.8%
Northeast July 20209.5% vs July 20194.9%
Thompson-Okanagan July 202010.3% vs July 20194.4%
Kelowna July 2020 10.0% vs July 2019 4.3%
Vancouver Island / Coast July 202011.1% vs July 20194.1%
Victoria July 2020 11.1% vs July 2019 3.8%

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