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 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)
-4.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-8,000
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+13.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,700
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,300
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+200
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-1,700
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+7,200
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,000
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
-7.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,600
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-100
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-5.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-12,800
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,200
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+200
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-100
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
+5.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+20,000

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 2021 vs October 2020
Cariboo October 20216.7% vs October 202010.5%
Kootenay October 20216.0% vs October 20207.8%
Mainland / Southwest October 20216.5% vs October 20209.4%
Abbotsford October 2021 8.0% vs October 2020 8.6%
Mission October 2021 8.0% vs October 2020 8.6%
Vancouver October 2021 6.2% vs October 2020 9.7%
North Coast & Nechako October 20217.9% vs October 20207.9%
Northeast October 20215.8% vs October 20205.6%
Thompson-Okanagan October 20214.5% vs October 20208.1%
Kelowna October 2021 4.4% vs October 2020 6.2%
Vancouver Island / Coast October 20215.0% vs October 20208.3%
Victoria October 2021 4.4% vs October 2020 7.6%

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