Canadian Employment Monthly Snapshot—November 2017

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – November 2017

(seasonally unadjusted)

In November 2017, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 5.2%, which is 0.9 points lower than the rate reported in November 2016, and higher than the previous month (October 2017) when the unemployment rate stood at 4.7%.

At 5.2%, tourism’s unemployment rate was below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.4%.

With the exception of the Food & Beverage Services 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 3.2% in Manitoba to 21.4% in Prince Edward Island.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province, 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 of November.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – November 2016/2017
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
November 2016
Unemployment Rate –
November 2017
Tourism 6.1% 5.2%
Accommodations 11.4% 8.3%
Food and Beverage 5.4% 5.4%
Recreation and Entertainment 6.2% 5.9%
Transportation 3.8% 2.0%
Travel Services 14.5% 4.1%
Figure 1 – Tourism Sector vs. Total Labour Force Unemployment Rates by Province (Seasonally Unadjusted)

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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 November 11, 2017.