Northeast

Latest numbers for this region in April 2022

55,500
35,500
4.8 %
35,500

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: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

10-year unemployment rate in Northeast compared to B.C. rate (2010-2020)

  British Columbia
  Low:
4.7 %
  High:
8.9 %
Unemployment rate (2020):
8.9 %
10-year average:
6.4 %
  Northeast
  Low:
4.0 %
  High:
9.7 %
Unemployment rate (2020):
6.4 %
10-year average:
6.0 %

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

This region's industries and sectors

Industry Sector
Accommodation and Food Services Services
Agriculture and Fishing 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
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Services
Public Administration Services
Repair, Personal and Non-Profit Services Services
Retail Trade Services
Transportation and Warehousing Services
Utilities Goods
Wholesale Trade Services

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Goods and Services sectors

Share of employment in Goods and Service sectors (2020)

  Goods         Services

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

The Northeast region accounts for a small proportion of provincial employment.

Service sector

This region has less employment in the Service sector than most regions. This was reflected in smaller than average shares of provincial employment in many Service industries.

Goods sector

The Northeast accounted for around 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

  • 2021
  • 2026
  • 2031

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   12,300
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   1.0%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top Ten occupations

Job openings Employment
growth
Top Ten occupations
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Job openings
660
Employment growth
1.6%
Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing (NOC 9232)
Job openings
340
Employment growth
1.4%
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
Job openings
330
Employment growth
1.4%
Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821)
Job openings
300
Employment growth
0.7%
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
Job openings
280
Employment growth
1.1%
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (NOC 6733)
Job openings
270
Employment growth
1.7%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
270
Employment growth
1.3%
General office support workers (NOC 1411)
Job openings
250
Employment growth
1.2%
Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731)
Job openings
210
Employment growth
1.6%
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
200
Employment growth
1.0%

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Top Ten industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top Ten industries
Construction 1,500 0.7%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 1,300 0.8%
Transportation and Warehousing 1,100 1.6%
Retail Trade 1,100 1.3%
Health Care and Social Assistance 900 1.5%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 800 2.6%
Repair, Personal and Non-Profit Services 700 1.8%
Educational Services 700 0.9%
Accommodation and Food Services 600 1.6%
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 600 0.8%