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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January 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)
-4.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-7,600
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-18.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-5,800
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,500
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-7,700
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,800
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,700
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+200
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+10,100
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,900
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+10.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,900
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,500

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 (%) January 2021 vs January 2020
Cariboo January 20218.8% vs January 20207.5%
Kootenay January 20217.2% vs January 20204.4%
Mainland / Southwest January 20217.5% vs January 20204.4%
Abbotsford January 2021 8.2% vs January 2020 5.0%
Mission January 2021 8.2% vs January 2020 5.0%
Vancouver January 2021 7.6% vs January 2020 4.5%
North Coast & Nechako January 20216.3% vs January 20203.5%
Northeast January 20214.1% vs January 20204.2%
Thompson-Okanagan January 20217.4% vs January 20205.5%
Kelowna January 2021 5.0% vs January 2020 4.2%
Vancouver Island / Coast January 20217.1% vs January 20205.1%
Victoria January 2021 5.0% vs January 2020 3.5%

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