In November 2009, the unemployment rate in the tourism sector was 8.1%. This was 1.8% higher than the rate seen in November 2008.
In Canada overall, employment rose in November, bringing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 8.5%. Despite this gain, employment was 1.9% below the rate recorded in November 2008.
After two months of decline, part-time employment in Canada rose by 40,000 jobs in November, while full-time employment recorded its third consecutive monthly increase, growing by 39,000 jobs.
Within the tourism industry groups, the accommodations labour force saw the highest level of unemployment in November, at 13.0%. This was due to seasonal employment declines in RV Parks & Recreational Camps.
The monthly unemployment rate within the recreation & entertainment industry group in November was 10.8%. For the same month, the unemployment rate in foodand beverage services was 8.0%.
No significant level of unemployment was reported for the travel services industry group, while the unemployment rate in the transportation industry group was just 2.0%.
On a regional basis, only British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba had a tourism unemployment rate lower than the sector overall. The higher tourism unemployment rates seen in the Central and Eastern provinces are linked to seasonal job losses in the recreation and entertainment industry, including amusement parks and arcades, performing arts companies, and heritage institutions.