Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – June 2018


(seasonally unadjusted)

In June 2018, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 4.5%, which is 0.7% lower than the rate reported in June 2017, and the same as the previous month (May 2018).

At 4.5%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.7%.

With the exception of Recreation & Entertainment and Transportation, 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 3.3% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba to 10.2% 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 11.6% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of June.


Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – June 2017/2018
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
June 2017
Unemployment Rate –
June 2018
Tourism 5.2% 4.5%
Accommodations 5.4% 5.0%
Food and Beverage 6.0% 4.8%
Recreation and Entertainment 5.9% 6.2%
Transportation 2.1% 2.1%
Travel Services 4.9% 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 June 16, 2018.


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