Canadian Tourism Employment - Monthly Snapshot

November 2014 (seasonally unadjusted)

  • In November 2014, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was 6.3%, which was 0.1% lower than the rate reported in 2013 (6.4%).
  • Employment in the Canadian economy overall increased during the month pushing the (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate down to its lowest level since December 2008.
  • Compared to November 2013, the food & beverage services and recreation & entertainment industry groups recorded lower unemployment rates.
  • On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 2.6% in Alberta to 26.2% in Prince Edward Island.
  • With the exception of the Maritimes, the (seasonally unadjusted) unemployment rate in tourism industries was below or similar to the rate reported for the provincial economy overall.


1To determine unemployment rates, industrial (NAICS) classifications are based on the most recent job held within the past year, and are self-identified by the respondent. Unemployed persons are those who, during the reference period, were available for work but were: on temporary layoff; were without work; or were to start a new job within four weeks.

2As defined by the Canadian Tourism Satellite Account. The NAICS industries included in the tourism sector are those that would cease to exist or operate at a significantly reduced level of activity as a direct result of an absence of tourism.