Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – January 2018

(seasonally unadjusted)

In January 2018, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was 5.6%, which is 0.5 percentage points lower than the rate reported in January 2017, and higher than the previous month (December 2017), when the unemployment rate stood at 5.0%.

At 5.6%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.2%.

With the exception of the Recreation & Entertainment industry, 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 3.8% in Manitoba to 19.8% in Prince Edward Island.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each, with the exception of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, were below the rates reported for the provincial economy (Figure 1).

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

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – January 2017/2018
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
January 2017
Unemployment Rate –
January 2018
Tourism 6.1% 5.6%
Accommodations 8.8% 8.0%
Food and Beverage 5.6% 5.3%
Recreation and Entertainment 7.4% 7.9%
Transportation 4.2% 2.3%
Travel Services 8.6% 4.0%
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 January 20, 2018.

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