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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December 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)
+1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,800
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,200
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+9,200
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,300
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,800
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,200
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,900
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-300
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-600
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)
-2.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,600
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-400
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
0.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
0
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,400

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 (%) December 2019 vs December 2018
Cariboo December 20196.8% vs December 20185.3%
Kootenay December 20194.2% vs December 20183.1%
Mainland / Southwest December 20194.5% vs December 20184.2%
Abbotsford December 2019 4.9% vs December 2018 4.5%
Mission December 2019 4.9% vs December 2018 4.5%
Vancouver December 2019 4.8% vs December 2018 4.4%
North Coast & Nechako December 20193.9% vs December 20183.8%
Northeast December 20195.1% vs December 20184.7%
Thompson-Okanagan December 20195.0% vs December 20184.7%
Kelowna December 2019 4.1% vs December 2018 3.3%
Vancouver Island / Coast December 20194.6% vs December 20183.6%
Victoria December 2019 3.4% vs December 2018 3.6%

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