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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February 2020

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)
-0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-200
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+100
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,200
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,500
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,000
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,000
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,300
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,900
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,000
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,500
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,600
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+21.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,600
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+8,400

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 (%) February 2020 vs February 2019
Cariboo February 20207.8% vs February 2019N/A
Kootenay February 20204.0% vs February 2019N/A
Mainland / Southwest February 20204.3% vs February 2019N/A
Abbotsford February 2020 4.7% vs February 2019 N/A
Mission February 2020 4.7% vs February 2019 N/A
Vancouver February 2020 4.4% vs February 2019 N/A
North Coast & Nechako February 20204.5% vs February 2019N/A
Northeast February 20200.0% vs February 2019N/A
Thompson-Okanagan February 20206.3% vs February 2019N/A
Kelowna February 2020 5.3% vs February 2019 N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast February 20205.3% vs February 2019N/A
Victoria February 2020 3.4% vs February 2019 N/A

N/A - Data not available

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