Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – February 2016
In February 2016, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was 6.6%, which is 0.2% higher than the rate reported in February 2015, and higher than the previous month (January 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.1%.
At 6.6%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.3%.
The only sector to have reported lower unemployment rates than it had one year ago is the Transportation industry.
On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 4.0% in Alberta to 20.2% in Prince Edward Island.
The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for tourism in each province, with the exception of PEI was below the rates reported for the provincial economy. Tourism unemployment was lowest in Alberta and Manitoba.
Table 1: Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – February 2015/2016
|Tourism Industry Group2
|Food and Beverage Services
|Recreation and Entertainment
Figure 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 February 20, 2016.