Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – December 2016

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – December 2016

(seasonally unadjusted)

In December 2016, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 6.5%, which is higher than the rate reported in December 2015, and higher than the previous month (November 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 5.8%.

At 6.5%, tourism’s unemployment rate was above Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.4%.

The food and beverage sector has reported higher unemployment rates than one year ago, whereas all other industry groups have reported equal or lower unemployment rates than last year (Table 1).

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 3.5% in British Colombia to 23.7% in Prince Edward Island.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province for this month saw four provinces above the rates reported for their individual provincial economy, while the rest were slightly below the rates reported (Figure 1).

Tourism employment comprised 11% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of December.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – Decembner 2015/2016
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
December 2015
Unemployment Rate –
December 2016
Tourism 5.8% 6.5%
Accommodations 12.6% 9.7%
Food and Beverage 5.2% 5.9%
Recreation and Entertainment 8.2% 8.2%
Transportation 3.5% 3.3%
Travel Services N/A 13.1%
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 December 10, 2016.