Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – February 2019

(seasonally unadjusted)

In February 2019, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 4.9%, which is 0.7% lower than the rate reported in February 2018, and the same as the previous month (January 2019).

At 4.9%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.1%.

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

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 2.8% in Alberta to 13.4% in Prince Edward Island.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province, with the exception of Prince Edward Island and Quebec, 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 February.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – February  2018/2019
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
February 2018
Unemployment Rate –
February 2019
Tourism 5.6% 4.9%
Accommodations 9.9% 7.5%
Food and Beverage 5.4% 4.8%
Recreation and Entertainment 7.4% 7.3%
Transportation 1.9% 1.7%
Travel Services 4.5% 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 February 16, 2019.