Canadian Employment Monthly Snapshot—September 2017

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – August 2017

(seasonally unadjusted)

In September 2017, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 4.0%, which is 1.4% lower than the rate reported in September 2016, and lower than the previous month (August 2017) when the unemployment rate was 4.8%.

At 4.0%, tourism’s unemployment rate was below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.6%.

All tourism industry groups have reported lower unemployment rates than the same month last year. (Table 1).

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 2.1% in British Columbia to 8.5% in New Brunswick. (Figure 1)

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province were below the rates reported for the provincial economy, except for New Brunswick. (Figure 1).

Tourism employment comprised 11.2% of the total Canadian labour force for the first month of the year.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – September 2016/2017
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
September 2016
Unemployment Rate –
September 2017
Tourism 5.4% 4.0%
Accommodations 7.9% 5.3%
Food and Beverage 5.3% 4.4%
Recreation and Entertainment 6.0% 4.9%
Transportation 3.4% 1.4%
Travel Services 5.8% N/A
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 September 16, 2017.