Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – December 2015

(seasonally unadjusted)

In December 2015, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was 5.8%, which is 0.3% lower than the rate reported in December 2014, and lower than the previous month (November2015) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.3%.

At 5.8%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.1%.

The Food & Beverage sector is the only industry group that reported a higher unemployment rate than it had been one year ago.

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 2.3% in Saskatchewan to 14.9% in Prince Edward Island. 

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for tourism in each province, with the exception of PEI, Ontario, and Manitoba was below the rates reported for the provincial economy. Tourism unemployment was particularly low in Saskatchewan.

Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – December 2014/2015
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate
December 2014
Unemployment Rate
December 2015
Tourism 6.1% 5.8%
Accommodations 11.2% 9.0%
Food and Beverage Services 5.1% 5.2%
Recreation and Entertainment 8.8% 8.2%
Transportation 3.5% 2.5%

Fig. 1 – Tourism Sector and Total Labour Force Unemployment Rates by Province (Seasonally Unadjusted)

1 To 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.

2 As 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. Source: Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey, customized tabulations. Based on data for the week ending December 12, 2015.