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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December 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)
-3.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,700
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+28.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,100
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,500
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,400
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,300
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,300
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,900
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-8.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,000
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,800
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)
+1.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,300
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+200
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,500

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 (%) December 2021 vs December 2020
Cariboo December 20214.5% vs December 20209.3%
Kootenay December 20216.0% vs December 20206.6%
Mainland / Southwest December 20215.5% vs December 20207.1%
Abbotsford December 2021 7.4% vs December 2020 8.4%
Mission December 2021 7.4% vs December 2020 8.4%
Vancouver December 2021 5.7% vs December 2020 7.4%
North Coast & Nechako December 20216.1% vs December 20205.6%
Northeast December 20214.1% vs December 20204.3%
Thompson-Okanagan December 20214.6% vs December 20207.7%
Kelowna December 2021 5.1% vs December 2020 4.5%
Vancouver Island / Coast December 20214.5% vs December 20207.3%
Victoria December 2021 3.9% vs December 2020 5.8%

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