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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April 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)
-47.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-75,700
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-19.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,100
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-14.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-34,100
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-8,600
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,800
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-6.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-20,400
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-8,900
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-200
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-25.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-29,100
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,900
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-6.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,900
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-6.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-8,200
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+15.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,400
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-9.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-35,500

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 (%) April 2020 vs April 2019
Cariboo April 20209.7% vs April 2019N/A
Kootenay April 202011.4% vs April 2019N/A
Mainland / Southwest April 20207.5% vs April 2019N/A
Abbotsford April 2020 5.9% vs April 2019 N/A
Mission April 2020 5.9% vs April 2019 N/A
Vancouver April 2020 7.5% vs April 2019 N/A
North Coast & Nechako April 20208.9% vs April 2019N/A
Northeast April 20207.4% vs April 2019N/A
Thompson-Okanagan April 20209.0% vs April 2019N/A
Kelowna April 2020 8.1% vs April 2019 N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast April 20208.4% vs April 2019N/A
Victoria April 2020 7.2% vs April 2019 N/A

N/A - Data not available

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