Northeast

Latest numbers for this region in August 2020

54,800
37,100
7.0 %
37,100

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: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

10-year unemployment rate in Northeast compared to B.C. rate (2008-2018)

  British Columbia
  Low:
4.6 %
  High:
7.7 %
Unemployment rate (2018):
4.7 %
10-year average:
6.3 %
  Northeast
  Low:
4.1 %
  High:
9.7 %
Unemployment rate (2018):
5.7 %
10-year average:
5.9 %

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

Source: 2018 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: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Goods and Services sectors

Share of employment in Goods and Service sectors (2018)

  Goods         Services

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

The Northeast region accounts for a small 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

  • 2019
  • 2024
  • 2029

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   18,000
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   2.1%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top Ten occupations

Job openings Employment
growth
Top Ten occupations
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Job openings
870
Employment growth
2.3%
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
540
Employment growth
2.1%
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
Job openings
510
Employment growth
2.3%
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
Job openings
410
Employment growth
2.5%
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (NOC 6733)
Job openings
390
Employment growth
1.9%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
360
Employment growth
2.4%
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (NOC 7521)
Job openings
360
Employment growth
2.4%
Carpenters (NOC 7271)
Job openings
320
Employment growth
2.6%
Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611)
Job openings
320
Employment growth
2.6%
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321)
Job openings
310
Employment growth
2.3%

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Top Ten industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top Ten industries
Construction 4,000 0.2%
Retail Trade 2,600 0.8%
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,900 1.7%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 1,600 1.0%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,100 1.9%
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 1,100 0.5%
Wholesale Trade 1,000 0.9%
Transportation and Warehousing 900 1.0%
Manufacturing 900 -0.1%
Business, Building and Other Support Services 700 1.1%