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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October 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)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,100
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+9.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,800
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-900
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,900
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,900
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+8,400
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+5,900
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+10.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,900
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)
+1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,100
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,500
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,400
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-600
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+700

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 (%) October 2020 vs October 2019
Cariboo October 202010.5% vs October 20196.9%
Kootenay October 20207.8% vs October 20195.6%
Mainland / Southwest October 20209.4% vs October 20195.0%
Abbotsford October 2020 8.6% vs October 2019 4.9%
Mission October 2020 8.6% vs October 2019 4.9%
Vancouver October 2020 9.7% vs October 2019 5.0%
North Coast & Nechako October 20207.9% vs October 20194.4%
Northeast October 20205.6% vs October 20196.2%
Thompson-Okanagan October 20208.1% vs October 20194.6%
Kelowna October 2020 6.2% vs October 2019 4.1%
Vancouver Island / Coast October 20208.3% vs October 20194.3%
Victoria October 2020 7.6% vs October 2019 3.2%

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