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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March 2020

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)
-18.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-36,400
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+14.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,800
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,200
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-7,000
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-9,300
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-4,700
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,700
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,400
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,200
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,600
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-6,600
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+4.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+700
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-9.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-40,100

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 (%) March 2020 vs March 2019
Cariboo March 20208.7% vs March 2019N/A
Kootenay March 20206.2% vs March 2019N/A
Mainland / Southwest March 20205.4% vs March 2019N/A
Abbotsford March 2020 4.6% vs March 2019 N/A
Mission March 2020 4.6% vs March 2019 N/A
Vancouver March 2020 5.3% vs March 2019 N/A
North Coast & Nechako March 20206.2% vs March 2019N/A
Northeast March 20204.2% vs March 2019N/A
Thompson-Okanagan March 20207.2% vs March 2019N/A
Kelowna March 2020 5.9% vs March 2019 N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast March 20206.3% vs March 2019N/A
Victoria March 2020 4.6% vs March 2019 N/A

N/A - Data not available

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