Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – March 2016

(seasonally unadjusted)

In March 2016, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 6.0%, which is 0.4% lower than the rate reported in March 2015, and lower than the previous month (February 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.6%.

At 6.0%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.1%.

The only industries to have reported lower unemployment rates than it had one year ago are the food and beverage, and transportation sectors.

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 3.0% in Alberta to 23.3% in Prince Edward Island.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for tourism in each province, with the exception of Prince Edward Island was below the rates reported for the provincial economy. Tourism unemployment was lowest in Alberta.

Table 1: Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – March 2015/2016
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
March 2015
Unemployment Rate –
March 2016
Tourism 6.4% 6.0%
Accommodations 8.6% 9.1%
Food and Beverage 6.3% 5.7%
Recreation and Entertainment 6.2% 8.2%
Transportation 3.5% 2.8%
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 March 19, 2016.