Cariboo

Latest numbers for this region in April 2022

142,600
90,500
4.5 %
90,500

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, Mackenzie

Age distribution

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

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

10-year unemployment rate in Cariboo compared to B.C. rate (2010-2020)

  British Columbia
  Low:
4.7 %
  High:
8.9 %
Unemployment rate (2020):
8.9 %
10-year average:
6.4 %
  Cariboo
  Low:
5.6 %
  High:
10.0 %
Unemployment rate (2020):
10.0 %
10-year average:
7.2 %

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

This region's industries and sectors

Industry Sector
Accommodation and Food Services Services
Agriculture and Fishing Goods
Business, Building and Other Support Services Services
Construction Goods
Educational Services Services
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Services
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
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Services
Public Administration Services
Repair, Personal and Non-Profit Services Services
Retail Trade Services
Transportation and Warehousing Services
Utilities Goods
Wholesale Trade Services

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Goods and Services sectors

Share of employment in Goods and Service sectors (2020)

  Goods         Services

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Service sector

The top three Service sectors ranked by the highest share of employment are: Other services, Wholesale and retail trade, and Public administration.

Goods sector

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

Employment outlook

  • 2021
  • 2026
  • 2031

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   20,400
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   0.4%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top Ten occupations

Job openings Employment
growth
Top Ten occupations
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Job openings
690
Employment growth
0.3%
Social and community service workers (NOC 4212)
Job openings
660
Employment growth
1.1%
Cooks (NOC 6322)
Job openings
530
Employment growth
1.4%
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
Job openings
500
Employment growth
0.7%
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
Job openings
440
Employment growth
1.0%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
430
Employment growth
0.7%
Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211)
Job openings
420
Employment growth
0.7%
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711)
Job openings
370
Employment growth
1.6%
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
350
Employment growth
0.6%
Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731)
Job openings
340
Employment growth
0.4%

View all high opportunity occupations
Top Ten industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top Ten industries
Health Care and Social Assistance 3,500 1.5%
Retail Trade 2,200 1.3%
Manufacturing 1,900 0.4%
Accommodation and Food Services 1,800 1.6%
Transportation and Warehousing 1,700 1.6%
Repair, Personal and Non-Profit Services 1,500 1.8%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,200 2.6%
Public Administration 1,100 0.5%
Educational Services 900 0.9%
Construction 900 0.7%