Goods and Services sectors
Share of employment in Goods and Service sectors (2017)
Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey
The Thompson-Okanagan region accounts for the third largest percent of provincial employment.
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.
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.