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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January 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)
+2.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,600
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,100
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-11,200
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,600
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)
-1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-5,700
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,500
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-9.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,800
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,800
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,500
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,400
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+500
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,900

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 (%) January 2019 vs January 2018
Cariboo January 20195.9% vs January 20187.3%
Kootenay January 20193.1% vs January 20187.4%
Mainland / Southwest January 20194.7% vs January 20184.0%
Abbotsford January 2019 4.8% vs January 2018 4.4%
Mission January 2019 4.8% vs January 2018 4.4%
Vancouver January 2019 4.8% vs January 2018 4.1%
North Coast & Nechako January 20194.1% vs January 20185.7%
Northeast January 20195.5% vs January 20183.8%
Thompson-Okanagan January 20195.0% vs January 20187.2%
Kelowna January 2019 3.1% vs January 2018 6.5%
Vancouver Island / Coast January 20193.8% vs January 20185.3%
Victoria January 2019 3.6% vs January 2018 3.9%

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