Canadian Tourism Employment Snapshot – May

  • In May 2017, the unemployment rate in the tourism sector was at 5.5%, which is 0.7% lower than the rate reported in May 2016, and lower than the previous month (April 2017) when the unemployment rate stood at 5.9%.
  • At 5.5%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.6%.
  • With the exception of Recreation & Entertainment sector, all tourism industry groups have reported lower unemployment rates than the same month last year.
  • On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 4.1% in British Columbia to 12.4% in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province, with the exception of New Brunswick and Manitoba, were below the rates reported for the provincial economy.
  • Tourism employment comprised 11.1% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of May.

Click here to read the full report from Tourism HR Canada.