North Coast & Nechako

Latest numbers for this region in April 2018

8.1 %

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

Regional overview

North Coast and Nechako are actually two separate economic regions. However, because these regions are adjacent to each other and have small population sizes, the data for each region are combined to report more reliable statistics. The two regions are located in the northwest part of the province. North Coast covers the northern coastal areas of the province as well as Haida Gwaii. Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat are the major centres in the region. Nechako stretches from the B.C.–Yukon border in the north down to the central Lakes District of the province and is separated from the northeastern section of the province by the Rocky Mountain Trench.

Regional district Key cities
Regional district Bulkley-Nechako Key cities Burns Lake, Houston, Vanderhoof, Smithers
Regional district Kitimat-Stikine Key cities Kitimat, Terrace
Regional district Skeena-Queen Charlotte Key cities Masset, Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte

Age distribution

  • Age
  •    % by age for North Coast & Nechako
  •    % 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 North Coast & Nechako compared to B.C. rate (2005-2015)

  British Columbia
4.3 %
7.7 %
Unemployment rate (2015):
6.2 %
10-year average:
6.2 %
  North Coast & Nechako
6.7 %
11.0 %
Unemployment rate (2015):
7.0 %
10-year average:
8.3 %

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

The Service sector in this region had just over one percent share of provincial employment in the region in 2015.

The Port of Prince Rupert has expanded in recent years and now has the capacity to handle container traffic. The growth of the port has created more opportunities for employment in Transportation and Warehousing, which may explain the higher than average share of employment in that industry in North Coast and Nechako.

Goods sector

This region was home to less than three percent of jobs in the Goods-producing industry (agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas, fishing, hunting and trapping, utilities, construction and manufacturing). Forestry and logging operations account for a large portion of employment in this sector, but there are also some large mines in the region, and fishing is an important activity on the coast.

Employment outlook

  • 2016
  • 2020
  • 2025

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   100
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   0.0%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
Top 10 industries
Health Care and Social Assistance 2,300 1.6%
Accommodation and Food Services 1,800 0.7%
Wholesale and Retail Trade 1,200 0.3%
Construction 1,100 -0.6%
Educational Services 1,100 -0.2%
Transportation and Warehousing 1,000 0.9%
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing 400 0.2%
Forestry and Logging with Support Activities 400 -0.2%
Business, Building and Other Support Services 300 0.5%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 300 0.5%