Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – October 2015

(seasonally unadjusted)

In October 2015, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was 5.8%, which is 0.4% higher than the rate reported in October 2014, but lower than the previous month (September 2015) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.0%.

At 5.8%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.0%.

In the Accommodations, Food & Beverage, and Transportation sectors, the unemployment rate was higher than it had been one year ago.

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 3.0% in Alberta to 11.7% in Newfoundland.

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

Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – October 2014/2015
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate
October 2014
Unemployment Rate
October 2015
Tourism 5.4% 5.8%
Accommodations 5.4% 7.1%
Food and Beverage Services 5.8% 6.5%
Recreation and Entertainment 8.0% 6.0%
Transportation 2.4% 3.3%

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

Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – October 2014/2015

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. Source: Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey, customized tabulations. Based on data for the week ending October 17, 2015.