Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot — August 2017

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – August 2017

(seasonally unadjusted)

In August 2017, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 4.8%, which is -0.2% lower than the rate reported in August 2016, and higher than the previous month (July 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 4.3%.

At 4.8%, tourism’s unemployment rate was below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.8%.

Except for Food & Beverage Services, and the Recreation & Entertainment sector, 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 1.9% in Prince Edward Island to 8.6% in Nova Scotia.

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

Tourism employment comprised 11.8% of the total Canadian labour force for the first month of the year.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – August 2016/2017
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
August 2016
Unemployment Rate –
August 2017
Tourism 5.0% 4.8%
Accommodations 4.5% 3.2%
Food and Beverage 4.9% 5.0%
Recreation and Entertainment 4.8% 4.9%
Transportation 6.7% 5.9%
Travel Services N/A 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 August 19, 2017.