Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – July 2019

(seasonally unadjusted)

In July 2019, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 4.7%, which is 0.5 percentage points higher than the rate reported in July 2018, but lower than the previous month (June 2019), when the unemployment rate stood at 4.8%.

At 4.7%, tourism’s unemployment rate was below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.9%.

With the exception of the transportation sector, all tourism industry groups have reported higher unemployment rates than the same month last year (Table 1).

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 0.0% in Prince Edward Island to 6.9% 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 11.7% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of July.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – July 2018/2019
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
July 2018
Unemployment Rate –
July 2019
Tourism 4.2% 4.7%
Accommodations 2.8% 3.4%
Food and Beverage 5.1% 5.9%
Recreation and Entertainment 3.7% 5.0%
Transportation 4.0% 2.9%
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 July 20, 2019.