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 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)
-12.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-21,900
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
-7.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,800
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,200
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,800
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,100
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,400
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,900
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+5.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,700
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,800
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
0.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
0
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,600
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+6.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,200
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,600

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 2021 vs April 2020
Cariboo April 20216.1% vs April 20209.7%
Kootenay April 20216.2% vs April 202011.4%
Mainland / Southwest April 20217.2% vs April 20207.5%
Abbotsford April 2021 5.5% vs April 2020 5.9%
Mission April 2021 5.5% vs April 2020 5.9%
Vancouver April 2021 7.4% vs April 2020 7.5%
North Coast & Nechako April 20218.1% vs April 20208.9%
Northeast April 20214.9% vs April 20207.4%
Thompson-Okanagan April 20218.1% vs April 20209.0%
Kelowna April 2021 5.7% vs April 2020 8.1%
Vancouver Island / Coast April 20217.2% vs April 20208.4%
Victoria April 2021 6.2% vs April 2020 7.2%

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