North Coast & Nechako

Latest numbers for this region in June 2018

66,600
43,200
7.3 %
43,200

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
  Low:
4.3 %
  High:
7.7 %
Unemployment rate (2015):
6.2 %
10-year average:
6.2 %
  North Coast & Nechako
  Low:
6.7 %
  High:
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 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

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

  • 2017
  • 2022
  • 2027

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   1,500
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   0.4%

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
600
Employment growth
-0.2%
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Job openings
460
Employment growth
0.1%
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Job openings
430
Employment growth
1.0%
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
370
Employment growth
-0.1%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
340
Employment growth
1.7%
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (NOC 7521)
Job openings
340
Employment growth
1.1%
Social and community service workers (NOC 4212)
Job openings
330
Employment growth
1.1%
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (NOC 6733)
Job openings
260
Employment growth
0.2%
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
Job openings
240
Employment growth
1.5%
College and other vocational instructors (NOC 4021)
Job openings
230
Employment growth
2.3%

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Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 industries
Manufacturing 2,130 -2.0%
Forestry and Logging with Support Activities 2,010 -1.9%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 1,910 7.5%
Agriculture and Fishing 1,780 -0.5%
Transportation and Warehousing 1,100 -0.4%
Retail Trade 550 -0.1%
Utilities 530 1.0%
Construction 510 0.8%
Information, Culture and Recreation 370 0.8%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 260 0.6%