Kootenay

Latest numbers for this region in June 2018

123,200
71,200
4.9 %
71,200

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 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

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

  • 2017
  • 2022
  • 2027

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   5,500
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   0.8%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top 10 occupations

Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 occupations
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
Job openings
1,220
Employment growth
1.2%
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
950
Employment growth
1.2%
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
Job openings
770
Employment growth
2.2%
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Job openings
720
Employment growth
0.1%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
550
Employment growth
0.9%
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Job openings
540
Employment growth
1.0%
Administrative assistants (NOC 1241)
Job openings
500
Employment growth
0.8%
Carpenters (NOC 7271)
Job openings
440
Employment growth
0.3%
Social and community service workers (NOC 4212)
Job openings
430
Employment growth
1.5%
Cashiers (NOC 6611)
Job openings
420
Employment growth
1.0%

View all top occupations
Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 industries
Manufacturing 5,110 1.1%
Forestry and Logging with Support Activities 4,150 -1.0%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 3,760 -0.1%
Agriculture and Fishing 3,720 -1.2%
Transportation and Warehousing 2,030 0.2%
Retail Trade 1,140 1.2%
Utilities 1,030 0.7%
Construction 920 0.4%
Information, Culture and Recreation 730 1.0%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 470 0.5%

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