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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April 2018

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)
+2.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,000
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+9.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,200
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,300
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,400
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,200
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,000
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-600
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,900
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,900
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+200
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,300

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 (%) April 2018 vs April 2017
Cariboo April 20185.9% vs April 20178.9%
Kootenay April 20185.4% vs April 20177.4%
Mainland / Southwest April 20184.3% vs April 20174.8%
Abbotsford April 2018 4.4% vs April 2017 5.7%
Mission April 2018 4.4% vs April 2017 N/A
Vancouver April 2018 4.1% vs April 2017 4.8%
North Coast & Nechako April 20188.1% vs April 20176.2%
Northeast April 20186.3% vs April 20175.5%
Thompson-Okanagan April 20187.1% vs April 20177.3%
Kelowna April 2018 4.8% vs April 2017 4.8%
Vancouver Island / Coast April 20185.2% vs April 20175.3%
Victoria April 2018 4.2% vs April 2017 3.7%

N/A - Data not available

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