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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September 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)
-1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,300
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+9.0%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,700
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,200
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+9.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+17,300
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,500
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
-3.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-13,800
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,100
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+2.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,400
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.3%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,800
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
+7.5%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+9,900
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+100
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
-18.2%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,300
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-3,400

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 (%) September 2021 vs September 2020
Cariboo September 20216.3% vs September 202010.5%
Kootenay September 20216.5% vs September 20208.9%
Mainland / Southwest September 20217.0% vs September 202010.6%
Abbotsford September 2021 6.9% vs September 2020 8.0%
Mission September 2021 6.9% vs September 2020 8.0%
Vancouver September 2021 6.7% vs September 2020 11.1%
North Coast & Nechako September 20217.9% vs September 20209.0%
Northeast September 20215.7% vs September 20207.0%
Thompson-Okanagan September 20215.4% vs September 20209.0%
Kelowna September 2021 5.4% vs September 2020 8.0%
Vancouver Island / Coast September 20215.2% vs September 20209.3%
Victoria September 2021 4.2% vs September 2020 9.1%

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