Goods and Services sectors
Share of employment in Goods and Service sectors (2017)
Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey
The Mainland/Southwest region accounts for the largest percent of provincial employment.
Vancouver is the financial and business capital of B.C. and is the location of head offices for many businesses that operate in the province, including financial institutions. This explains why this region accounts for 64 percent of all provincial employment in 2015.
Mainland/Southwest was home to approximately 58 percent of all Goods producing industry jobs (agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas, fishing, hunting and trapping, utilities, construction and manufacturing).
Given its urban nature, the region has few resource-based operations and therefore only accounted for 24.2 percent of total forestry, mining, oil and gas, and fishing, hunting and trapping jobs. However, the region has a concentration of Construction employment due to the region’s busy housing market, as well as work on office buildings and major projects.