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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August 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)
0.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
0
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+8.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,200
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,300
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,300
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,100
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-8,600
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,600
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,300
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+8,800
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,800
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,200
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+9.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,100
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,100

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 (%) August 2019 vs August 2018
Cariboo August 20196.2% vs August 20185.0%
Kootenay August 20196.0% vs August 20187.3%
Mainland / Southwest August 20194.7% vs August 20184.8%
Abbotsford August 2019 5.1% vs August 2018 5.0%
Mission August 2019 5.1% vs August 2018 5.0%
Vancouver August 2019 4.4% vs August 2018 4.7%
North Coast & Nechako August 20195.0% vs August 20185.2%
Northeast August 20195.5% vs August 20186.0%
Thompson-Okanagan August 20194.6% vs August 20186.1%
Kelowna August 2019 4.4% vs August 2018 6.0%
Vancouver Island / Coast August 20194.2% vs August 20184.9%
Victoria August 2019 3.3% vs August 2018 4.3%

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