Cariboo

Latest numbers for this region in September 2018

128,100
81,300
5.0 %
81,300

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
  Low:
4.3 %
  High:
7.7 %
Unemployment rate (2015):
6.2 %
10-year average:
6.2 %
  Cariboo
  Low:
5.2 %
  High:
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 and Fishing1 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
Other Private Services Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Services
Public Administration Services
Retail Trade2 Services
Transportation and Warehousing Services
Utilities Goods
Wholesale Trade2 Services

Note:*Data for this industry is from the combined dataset for Forestry, Mining, Quarrying, Oil and Gas; therefore, the data for this industry was suppressed from reporting.
1Data represents Agriculture industry only and will be updated when the 2017 data is available from Statistics Canada.
2Data represents Wholesale and Retail Trade and will be updated when the 2017 data is available from Statistics Canada.

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

  • 2017
  • 2022
  • 2027

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   3,100
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   0.4%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top 10 occupations

Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 occupations
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Job openings
960
Employment growth
0.2%
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
Job openings
880
Employment growth
0.6%
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
860
Employment growth
0.7%
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Job openings
730
Employment growth
0.6%
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (NOC 6733)
Job openings
700
Employment growth
0.9%
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
Job openings
610
Employment growth
1.0%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
580
Employment growth
0.6%
Social and community service workers (NOC 4212)
Job openings
570
Employment growth
0.9%
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
Job openings
550
Employment growth
0.7%
Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731)
Job openings
480
Employment growth
1.3%

View all top occupations
Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 industries
Manufacturing 5,840 0.2%
Forestry and Logging with Support Activities 3,670 -1.8%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 3,570 0.4%
Agriculture and Fishing 3,010 0.4%
Transportation and Warehousing 2,690 0.8%
Retail Trade 1,350 0.6%
Information, Culture and Recreation 1,130 0.9%
Utilities 1,020 0.3%
Construction 980 -1.5%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 700 1.2%