Latest numbers for this region in April 2018

5.9 %

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

Regional overview

The Cariboo economic region covers much of the northern interior of the province, ranging from the Cariboo plateau in the west to the valleys of the Cariboo and Rocky Mountain ranges. It includes the city of Prince George, which acts as a major service centre for the northern half of the province.

Regional district Key cities
Regional district Cariboo Key cities Williams Lake, Quesnel, 100 Mile House
Regional district Fraser-Fort George Key cities Prince George, McBride

Age distribution

  • Age
  •    % by age for Cariboo
  •    % by age for B.C.
  • 0 - 14
  • 15 - 24
  • 25 - 54
  • 55 - 64
  • 65 - 90+

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

10-year unemployment rate in Cariboo compared to B.C. rate (2005-2015)

  British Columbia
4.3 %
7.7 %
Unemployment rate (2015):
6.2 %
10-year average:
6.2 %
5.2 %
12.1 %
Unemployment rate (2015):
7.0 %
10-year average:
7.2 %

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

This region's industries and sectors

Industry Sector
Accommodation and Food Services Services
Agriculture Goods
Business, Building and Other Support Services Services
Construction Goods
Educational Services Services
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Services
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping * Goods
Forestry and Logging with Support Activities * Goods
Health Care and Social Assistance Services
Information, Culture and Recreation Services
Manufacturing Goods
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction * Goods
Other Services Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Services
Public Administration Services
Transportation and Warehousing Services
Utilities Goods
Wholesale and Retail Trade Services

Note:*Data for this industry is from the combined dataset for Forestry, Fishing, Mining, Quarrying, Oil and Gas; therefore, the data for this industry was suppressed from reporting.

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Goods and Services sectors

Share of employment in Goods and Service sectors (2015)

  Goods         Services

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Service sector

Over three percent of B.C.'s Service sector jobs were located in this region. The top three Service sectors ranked by the highest share of employment are: Other services, Wholesale and retail trade, and Public administration.

Goods sector

Nearly five percent of B.C.'s Goods sector (Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, oil and gas, Fishing, hunting and trapping, Utilities, Construction and Manufacturing) jobs were in Cariboo and heavily dependent on forest sector operations.

Employment outlook

  • 2016
  • 2020
  • 2025

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   4,100
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   0.5%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
Top 10 industries
Health Care and Social Assistance 4,400 1.8%
Manufacturing 3,500 0.3%
Accommodation and Food Services 3,500 0.9%
Construction 2,500 1.4%
Wholesale and Retail Trade 2,500 -0.4%
Educational Services 1,900 0.3%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,400 1.2%
Transportation and Warehousing 1,200 0.3%
Public Administration 1,100 0.5%
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing 1,000 0.2%