Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – January 2017

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – January 2017

(seasonally unadjusted)

In January 2017, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 6.1%, which is the same rate reported in January 2016, and lower than the previous month (December 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.2%.

At 6.1%, tourism’s unemployment rate was below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.2%.

The only industry groups to have reported lower or equal unemployment rates than that had one year ago are the accommodations sector and the recreation and entertainment sector. All other industry groups have reported higher unemployment rates than last year (Table 1).

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 3.8% in British Colombia to 22.4% in Prince Edward Island.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province, with the exception of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, were well below the rates reported for the provincial economy (Figure 1).

Tourism employment comprised 10.9% of the total Canadian labour force for the first month of the year.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – January 2016/2017
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
January 2016
Unemployment Rate –
January 2017
Tourism 6.1% 6.1%
Accommodations 12.6% 8.8%
Food and Beverage 5.4% 5.6%
Recreation and Entertainment 7.4% 7.4%
Transportation 3.5% 4.2%
Travel Services N/A 8.6%
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 January 21, 2017.