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 2021

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)
+1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,200
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,000
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-800
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,200
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+11,000
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,600
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+5.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,900
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,400
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-7,100
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,300
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-600
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,300

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 2021 vs March 2020
Cariboo March 20216.8% vs March 20208.7%
Kootenay March 20216.7% vs March 20206.2%
Mainland / Southwest March 20218.0% vs March 20205.4%
Abbotsford March 2021 7.1% vs March 2020 4.6%
Mission March 2021 7.1% vs March 2020 4.6%
Vancouver March 2021 8.1% vs March 2020 5.3%
North Coast & Nechako March 20218.5% vs March 20206.2%
Northeast March 20214.1% vs March 20204.2%
Thompson-Okanagan March 20217.3% vs March 20207.2%
Kelowna March 2021 5.5% vs March 2020 5.9%
Vancouver Island / Coast March 20217.4% vs March 20206.3%
Victoria March 2021 5.9% vs March 2020 4.6%

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