Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – July 2016

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – July 2016

(seasonally unadjusted)

In July 2016, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 4.7%, which is 0.6% lower than the rate reported in July 2015, and lower than the previous month (June 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 4.8%.

At 4.7%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.2%.

With the exception of the food & beverage sector, 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 1.8% in Prince Edward Island to 6.6% 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 11.6% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of July, which brought 0.2% more employment than last month (June).

During the month of July, students who plan on returning to school in the fall had an unemployment rate of 16.4%.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – July 2015/2016
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
July 2015
Unemployment Rate –
July 2016
Tourism 5.3% 4.7%
Accommodations 4.4% 3.7%
Food and Beverage 6.0% 6.1%
Recreation and Entertainment 4.7% 3.6%
Transportation 4.9% 3.7%
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 July 16, 2016.