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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May 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)
-4.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-8,700
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+11.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,000
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+300
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,000
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,600
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)
+4.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+8,100
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,500
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,700
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+200
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,500
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+14.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,700
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+9,500

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 (%) May 2019 vs May 2018
Cariboo May 20195.5% vs May 20185.6%
Kootenay May 20196.3% vs May 20185.1%
Mainland / Southwest May 20194.3% vs May 20184.4%
Abbotsford May 2019 5.6% vs May 2018 4.6%
Mission May 2019 5.6% vs May 2018 4.6%
Vancouver May 2019 4.2% vs May 2018 4.1%
North Coast & Nechako May 20193.7% vs May 20188.8%
Northeast May 20198.3% vs May 20187.9%
Thompson-Okanagan May 20195.4% vs May 20186.8%
Kelowna May 2019 4.2% vs May 2018 5.0%
Vancouver Island / Coast May 20194.0% vs May 20184.9%
Victoria May 2019 3.6% vs May 2018 3.9%

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