Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – June 2016

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – June 2016

(seasonally unadjusted)

In June 2016, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 4.8%, which is 1.6% lower than the rate reported in June 2015, and lower than the previous month (May 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.2%.

At 4.8%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.4%.

All tourism industry groups have reported lower unemployment rates than they had one year ago (Table 1).

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 3.2% in Alberta to 7.4% in Saskatchewan.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for tourism in each province, with the exception of Saskatchewan, was below the rates reported for the provincial economy (Figure 1).

Tourism employment comprised 11.4% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of June, which brought 0.1% more employment than last month (May).

During the month of June, students who planned on returning to school in the fall had an unemployment rate of 14.4%.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – June 2015/2016
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
June 2015
Unemployment Rate –
June 2016
Tourism 5.4% 4.8%
Accommodations 6.6% 5.0%
Food and Beverage 6.3% 6.0%
Recreation and Entertainment 6.0% 5.1%
Transportation 2.0% 1.6%
Figure 1 – Tourism Sector vs. 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 June 18, 2016.