Kootenay

Latest numbers for this region in March 2018

123,100
63,700
6.3 %
63,700

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, Slocan, Creston
Regional district East Kootenay Key cities Fernie, Cranbrook, Kimberly
Regional district Kootenay Boundary Key cities Trail, Rossland

Age distribution

  • Age
  •    % by age for Kootenay
  •    % 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 Kootenay 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 %
  Kootenay
  Low:
4.9 %
  High:
9.4 %
Unemployment rate (2015):
7.4 %
10-year average:
7.0 %

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

Kootenay has about 2.5 percent of B.C.’s Service sector jobs. 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

Kootenay accounted for 4.4 percent of jobs in B.C.’s Goods sector (Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, oil and gas, Fishing, hunting and trapping, Utilities, Construction and Manufacturing). Most of these jobs were 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

  • 2016
  • 2020
  • 2025

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   7,000
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   1.0%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 industries
Health Care and Social Assistance 4,600 1.8%
Wholesale and Retail Trade 4,500 1.1%
Accommodation and Food Services 2,800 1.2%
Construction 2,600 0.9%
Educational Services 2,100 1.2%
Manufacturing 2,100 0.3%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 2,100 0.4%
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing 1,100 0.5%
Forestry and Logging with Support Activities 900 0.6%
Business, Building and Other Support Services 800 1.6%

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