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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August 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)
+4.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+7,100
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,000
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+7,900
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-10,900
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,800
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+9,900
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+10.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+16,600
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,500
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,400
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,700
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,100
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+500
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,900

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 (%) August 2021 vs August 2020
Cariboo August 20216.2% vs August 202010.4%
Kootenay August 20216.7% vs August 202011.3%
Mainland / Southwest August 20217.3% vs August 202012.3%
Abbotsford August 2021 5.9% vs August 2020 8.2%
Mission August 2021 5.9% vs August 2020 8.2%
Vancouver August 2021 7.2% vs August 2020 12.8%
North Coast & Nechako August 20218.8% vs August 202012.2%
Northeast August 20214.8% vs August 20207.0%
Thompson-Okanagan August 20215.4% vs August 202010.1%
Kelowna August 2021 5.7% vs August 2020 9.0%
Vancouver Island / Coast August 20215.1% vs August 202010.3%
Victoria August 2021 4.2% vs August 2020 10.3%

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