Tourism Labour Force Survey

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – August 2018

(seasonally unadjusted)

In August 2018, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 5.1%, which is 0.3% higher than the rate reported in August 2017, and higher than the previous month (July 2018), when the unemployment rate stood at 4.2%.

At 5.1%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.6%.

With the exception of Food & Beverage Services 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 0% in Prince Edward Island to 6.3% in Saskatchewan.

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

Tourism employment comprised 12% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of August.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – August 2017/2018
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
August 2017
Unemployment Rate –
August 2018
Tourism 4.8% 5.1%
Accommodations 3.2% 3.1%
Food and Beverage 5.0% 5.8%
Recreation and Entertainment 4.9% 4.1%
Transportation 5.9% 5.9%
Travel Services 0.0% 3.1%

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 August 18, 2018.


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