Thompson-Okanagan

Latest numbers for this region in July 2018

446,800
261,100
6.0 %
5.7 %
261,100

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

Regional overview

The Thompson-Okanagan economic region is located in the interior of the province. It stretches from Princeton in the west to Golden and the Alberta border in the east, to Osoyoos and the Washington state border in the south. Kelowna and Kamloops are the largest cities in the region.

Regional district Key cities
Regional district Central Okanagan Key cities Kelowna
Regional district Columbia-Shuswap Key cities Golden, Revelstoke
Regional district North Okanagan Key cities Vernon
Regional district Okanagan-Similkameen Key cities Oliver, Osoyoos
Regional district Thompson-Nicola Key cities Merritt, Ashcroft, Kamloops

Age distribution

  • Age
  •    % by age for Thompson-Okanagan
  •    % 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 Thompson-Okanagan 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 %
  Thompson-Okanagan
  Low:
4.4 %
  High:
8.8 %
Unemployment rate (2015):
6.4 %
10-year average:
6.6 %

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

The Thompson-Okanagan region accounts for the third largest percent of provincial employment.

Service sector

With its hot, dry summers, Thompson-Okanagan is popular as both a vacation destination and a place for retirees to live. These factors play a role in the region’s relatively large share of provincial employment in some Service sector industries.

Goods sector

Thompson-Okanagan has some of the best agricultural land in the province and is a prime location for vineyards and orchards. There are also some cattle ranches in the region. In 2015, Thompson-Okanagan accounted for over twelve percent (12.3%) of provincial employment in the Goods-producing sector (agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas, fishing, hunting and trapping, utilities, construction and manufacturing). With its hot, dry summers, this region, in particular, accounted for nearly twenty-four percent of total agriculture jobs in B.C.

Employment outlook

  • 2017
  • 2022
  • 2027

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   25,700
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   1.0%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top 10 occupations

Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 occupations
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
3,650
Employment growth
1.0%
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
Job openings
3,500
Employment growth
1.1%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
2,380
Employment growth
0.9%
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
Job openings
2,360
Employment growth
2.3%
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Job openings
2,070
Employment growth
1.0%
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711)
Job openings
1,950
Employment growth
1.6%
Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731)
Job openings
1,800
Employment growth
1.3%
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Job openings
1,760
Employment growth
0.4%
Administrative assistants (NOC 1241)
Job openings
1,700
Employment growth
0.9%
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
Job openings
1,540
Employment growth
1.1%

View all top occupations
Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 industries
Manufacturing 20,650 0.2%
Forestry and Logging with Support Activities 15,200 -1.4%
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction 12,750 0.0%
Agriculture and Fishing 12,670 0.2%
Transportation and Warehousing 8,310 1.5%
Retail Trade 4,860 1.0%
Information, Culture and Recreation 3,820 1.3%
Utilities 3,590 0.1%
Construction 3,590 0.2%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,490 1.4%