Northeast

Latest numbers for this region in January 2018

56,400
37,700
3.8 %
37,700

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

Regional overview

The Northeast economic region shares a border with Alberta and the Yukon and is part of the Peace River Basin. It is separated from the northwestern part of the province by the Rocky Mountain Trench. The main population centres in the region are Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.

Regional district Key cities
Regional district Northern Rockies Key cities Fort Nelson
Regional district Peace River Key cities Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd

Age distribution

  • Age
  •    % by age for Northeast
  •    % 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 Northeast 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 %
  Northeast
  Low:
4.1 %
  High:
7.0 %
Unemployment rate (2015):
5.9 %
10-year average:
4.4 %

Note:Data for some years is not available and therefore is not shown.

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

The Northeast region accounted for the smallest percent of provincial employment in 2015.

Service sector

This region had less employment in the Service sector in 2015 than most regions. This was reflected in smaller than average shares (1.2 %) of provincial employment in many Service industries.

Goods sector

In 2015, the Northeast accounted for under three percent of provincial employment in the Goods-producing sector (agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas, fishing, hunting and trapping, utilities, construction and manufacturing).

Employment outlook

  • 2016
  • 2020
  • 2025

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   5,800
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   1.4%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 industries
Construction 3,300 2.5%
Wholesale and Retail Trade 2,400 1.4%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 2,100 1.3%
Accommodation and Food Services 2,000 1.1%
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,700 2.2%
Transportation and Warehousing 1,500 0.9%
Educational Services 1,100 1.7%
Manufacturing 1,000 0.9%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 700 1.1%
Business, Building and Other Support Services 600 1.2%