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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September 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)
+1.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,100
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-100
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,400
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,300
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,100
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)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,900
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,400
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,900
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)
+4.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,100
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-8.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,000
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,400

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 (%) September 2019 vs September 2018
Cariboo September 20196.8% vs September 20185.0%
Kootenay September 20196.6% vs September 20187.2%
Mainland / Southwest September 20194.9% vs September 20184.5%
Abbotsford September 2019 5.0% vs September 2018 4.8%
Mission September 2019 5.0% vs September 2018 4.8%
Vancouver September 2019 4.6% vs September 2018 4.5%
North Coast & Nechako September 20194.9% vs September 20184.7%
Northeast September 20196.2% vs September 20185.6%
Thompson-Okanagan September 20194.5% vs September 20185.9%
Kelowna September 2019 4.1% vs September 2018 5.7%
Vancouver Island / Coast September 20194.1% vs September 20184.6%
Victoria September 2019 3.2% vs September 2018 3.9%

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