Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot - December 2017
In December 2017, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was 5.0%, which is 1.5% lower than the rate reported in December 2016, and lower than the previous month (November 2017), when the unemployment rate stood at 5.2%.
At 5.0%, tourism’s unemployment rate was below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.3%.
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 2.2% in British Columbia to 23.5% in Prince Edward Island.
The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each, with the exception of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan, were below the rates reported for the provincial economy (Figure 1).
Tourism employment comprised 11.0% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of December.
Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – December 2016/2017
|Tourism Industry Group2
||Unemployment Rate –
|Unemployment Rate –
|Food and Beverage
|Recreation and Entertainment