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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October 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)
+6.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+11,800
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+800
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+500
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,000
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,300
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,300
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,700
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+100
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,100
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+6.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+7,000
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,600
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,200

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 (%) October 2019 vs October 2018
Cariboo October 20196.9% vs October 20184.7%
Kootenay October 20195.6% vs October 20186.2%
Mainland / Southwest October 20195.0% vs October 20184.2%
Abbotsford October 2019 4.9% vs October 2018 4.7%
Mission October 2019 4.9% vs October 2018 4.7%
Vancouver October 2019 5.0% vs October 2018 4.3%
North Coast & Nechako October 20194.4% vs October 20184.7%
Northeast October 20196.2% vs October 20185.6%
Thompson-Okanagan October 20194.6% vs October 20185.5%
Kelowna October 2019 4.1% vs October 2018 5.0%
Vancouver Island / Coast October 20194.3% vs October 20184.5%
Victoria October 2019 3.2% vs October 2018 3.9%

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