Northeast

Latest numbers for this region in April 2019

55,500
37,500
9.0 %
37,500

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: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

10-year unemployment rate in Northeast compared to B.C. rate (2008-2017)

  British Columbia
  Low:
4.3 %
  High:
7.7 %
Unemployment rate (2017):
5.1 %
10-year average:
6.2 %
  Northeast
  Low:
4.1 %
  High:
9.7 %
Unemployment rate (2017):
5.9 %
10-year average:
5.4 %

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

Source: 2017 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

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Goods and Services sectors

Share of employment in Goods and Service sectors (2017)

  Goods         Services

Source: 2017 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

  • 2018
  • 2023
  • 2028

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   14,400
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   1.4%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top 10 occupations

Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 occupations
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Job openings
630
Employment growth
1.0%
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
390
Employment growth
1.4%
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
Job openings
370
Employment growth
1.3%
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
Job openings
340
Employment growth
1.7%
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (NOC 7521)
Job openings
310
Employment growth
1.7%
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (NOC 6733)
Job openings
300
Employment growth
1.0%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
280
Employment growth
1.3%
Carpenters (NOC 7271)
Job openings
270
Employment growth
2.0%
Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611)
Job openings
260
Employment growth
1.9%
General office support workers (NOC 1411)
Job openings
250
Employment growth
1.4%

View all top occupations
Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 industries
Construction 3,200 2.2%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 1,800 1.0%
Retail Trade 1,600 1.4%
Transportation and Warehousing 1,200 1.2%
Accommodation and Food Services 1,100 1.0%
Agriculture and Fishing 1,100 1.0%
Educational Services 900 0.9%
Health Care and Social Assistance 900 1.7%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 900 2.1%
Information, Culture and Recreation 600 2.2%