Kootenay

Latest numbers for this region in July 2020

123,700
71,600
12.9 %
71,600

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

Regional overview

The Kootenay economic region is located in the southeast corner of the province, between the Rocky Mountains to the east, the United States to the south and the Thompson-Okanagan region to the north and west. Cranbrook is the largest population centre in the region.

Regional district Key cities
Regional district Central Kootenay Key cities Nelson, Castlegar, Creston
Regional district East Kootenay Key cities Cranbrook, Kimberly, Fernie
Regional district Kootenay Boundary Key cities Trail, Grand Forks

Age distribution

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

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

10-year unemployment rate in Kootenay compared to B.C. rate (2008-2018)

  British Columbia
  Low:
4.6 %
  High:
7.7 %
Unemployment rate (2018):
4.7 %
10-year average:
6.3 %
  Kootenay
  Low:
4.9 %
  High:
9.4 %
Unemployment rate (2018):
5.3 %
10-year average:
7.2 %

Source: 2018 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: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Goods and Services sectors

Share of employment in Goods and Service sectors (2018)

  Goods         Services

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Service sector

With the abundance of mountain ranges in Kootenay, including the Rocky Mountains, the region is a popular destination for skiers and nature lovers alike. Tourism activities create employment opportunities in the Accommodation and Food Services industry.

Goods sector

Most of Kootenay’s job in the Goods sector (Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, oil and gas, Fishing, hunting and trapping, Utilities, Construction and Manufacturing) are in Mining, particularly coal mining. Several hydroelectric dams, including the Seven Mile, Kootenay Canal, Waneta, Keenleyside and Brilliant dams, are located in the region, creating employment in the Utilities industry.

Employment outlook

  • 2019
  • 2024
  • 2029

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   23,900
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   0.7%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top Ten occupations

Job openings Employment
growth
Top Ten occupations
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
Job openings
760
Employment growth
0.7%
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
730
Employment growth
0.7%
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Job openings
650
Employment growth
0.2%
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (NOC 6733)
Job openings
500
Employment growth
1.1%
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
Job openings
490
Employment growth
1.7%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
480
Employment growth
0.8%
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Job openings
470
Employment growth
1.1%
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (NOC 7521)
Job openings
430
Employment growth
0.1%
Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731)
Job openings
420
Employment growth
1.8%
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
Job openings
370
Employment growth
0.5%

View all high opportunity occupations
Top Ten industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top Ten industries
Health Care and Social Assistance 3,700 1.7%
Retail Trade 2,800 0.8%
Accommodation and Food Services 2,400 1.5%
Business, Building and Other Support Services 1,800 1.1%
Information, Culture and Recreation 1,500 1.6%
Educational Services 1,500 0.9%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 1,400 1.0%
Transportation and Warehousing 1,300 1.0%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,200 1.9%
Agriculture and Fishing 1,100 0.4%

Note:The Forestry and Logging with Support Activities industry includes support activities for Agriculture.