Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – May 2018

(seasonally unadjusted)

In May 2018, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 4.5%, which is 1.0 percentage point lower than the rate reported in May 2017, and lower than the previous month (April 2018) when the unemployment rate stood at 5.1%.

At 4.5%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.9%.

With the exception of Accommodations and Travel Services, 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 2.0% in New Brunswick to 11.7% in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province were below the rates reported for the provincial economy (Figure 1).

Tourism employment comprised 11.5% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of May.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – May 2017/2018
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
May 2017
Unemployment Rate –
May 2018
Tourism 5.5% 4.5%
Accommodations 5.7% 6.5%
Food and Beverage 5.8% 4.8%
Recreation and Entertainment 7.6% 5.2%
Transportation 2.3% 2.2%
Travel Services 3.7% 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 May 19, 2018.


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