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 2019

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)
-1,900
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+10.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,500
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,100
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-200
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+5.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+7,700
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,000
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-9,700
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,900
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+7,800
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,500
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,600
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-100
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-800

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 2019 vs March 2018
Cariboo March 20196.4% vs March 20186.6%
Kootenay March 20194.7% vs March 20186.3%
Mainland / Southwest March 20194.9% vs March 20184.3%
Abbotsford March 2019 5.4% vs March 2018 4.0%
Mission March 2019 5.4% vs March 2018 4.0%
Vancouver March 2019 4.8% vs March 2018 4.0%
North Coast & Nechako March 20193.8% vs March 20187.6%
Northeast March 20197.8% vs March 20185.7%
Thompson-Okanagan March 20195.3% vs March 20187.4%
Kelowna March 2019 3.9% vs March 2018 5.2%
Vancouver Island / Coast March 20193.6% vs March 20185.6%
Victoria March 2019 3.0% vs March 2018 4.5%

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