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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March 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)
+0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+400
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-16.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,500
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,100
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,400
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,900
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,000
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,200
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-100
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-100
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,200
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,300
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+5.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+700
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-9,200

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 (%) March 2018 vs March 2017
Cariboo March 20186.6% vs March 201710.0%
Kootenay March 20186.3% vs March 20176.4%
Mainland / Southwest March 20184.3% vs March 20175.0%
Abbotsford March 2018 4.0% vs March 2017 7.3%
Mission March 2018 4.0% vs March 2017 N/A
Vancouver March 2018 4.0% vs March 2017 5.0%
North Coast & Nechako March 20187.6% vs March 20176.4%
Northeast March 20185.7% vs March 20176.5%
Thompson-Okanagan March 20187.4% vs March 20178.3%
Kelowna March 2018 5.2% vs March 2017 6.5%
Vancouver Island / Coast March 20185.6% vs March 20175.6%
Victoria March 2018 4.5% vs March 2017 3.7%

N/A - Data not available

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