Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot May 2017

In May 2017, the unemployment rate in the tourism sector was at 5.5%, which is 0.7% lower than the rate reported in May 2016, and lower than the previous month (April 2017) when the unemployment rate stood at 5.9%.

At 5.5%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.6%.

With the exception of Recreation & Entertainment sector, all tourism industry groups have reported lower unemployment rates than the same month last year.

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 4.1% in British Columbia to 12.4% in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province, with the exception of New Brunswick and Manitoba, were below the rates reported for the provincial economy. 

Tourism employment comprised 11.1% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of May.