Kamloops and Region Labour Statistics

Kamloops is a great place to not only live, but work. Short commute times, great career options and opportunities for advancement are all here.

Labour Demand Study


A group of fourth year Human Resource Management students from Thompson Rivers University completed a 2012 Kamloops Labour Demand Study for Venture Kamloops. The study examined the present labour shortage in Kamloops, and the specific occupational demands over the next 5 years and their results were surprising. Download the 2012 Labour Study

Venture Kamloops is proposing a Labour Market Survey for the Interior region of British Columbia with the help of various community partners. This project will leverage resources made available through the Ministry of Social Development, Employment and Labour Market Services, Labour Market Partnership (LMP) Program. The goal of this project is to satisfy a need for reliable and timely data on the labour market for both employers and key community agencies. The release date for the Study is projected for June 2015.

Labour Statistics


Venture Kamloops has compiled labour statistics pertinent to the Thompson Okanagan region. For further information, contact Jim Anderson at jim@venturekamloops.com.

Labour Force Participation Rates for Thompson Okanagan
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
(Thousands)
Population 15 years+ 85.5 85 84.3 84.3 433 438.6 438.9 449.1 456.1 501.8
Labour Force
 Total 55.4 60 56.6 57 263.5 275.3 274.1 273.9 285.2 293.1
Employed 51.1 55.7 53 52.6 244.3 252.8 250.5 260.9 270.9 270.5
Unemployed 4.3 4.3 3.5 4.4 19.2 22.5 23.6 13.0 14.3 24.7
Not in Labour Force 30.1 25 27.8 27.3 169.5 163.3 164.7 175.3 171.0 182.2
(Percentage)
Unemployment Rate 7.8 7.2 6.2 7.7 7.3 8.2 8.6 4.7 5.0 7.7
Participation Rate 64.8 70.6 67.1 67.6 60.9 62.8 62.5 61.0 62.5 63.7
Employment Rate 59.8 65.5 62.9 62.4 56.4 57.6 57.1 58.1 59.0 58.8

Source: BC Stats – Labour Force Activity by Selected BC Cities and Stats Canada

 

Employment by Sector 2020


Employment and Unemployment Rate by Detailed Industry, 15 years and over, annual (employment in thousands of persons)

Sector (Industry) Thompson/Okanagan BC
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 15,600 75,100
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 5,300 24,600
Utilities 3,000 18,600
Construction 29,000 221,600
Manufacturing 19,600 167,900
Wholesale Trade 8,700 88,700
Retail Trade 36,500 286,700
Transportation & Warehousing 11,700 134,300
Information and cultural industries 8,600 58,300
Finance, Insurance 6,300 69,100
Real Estate 6,500 51,700
Professional, Scientific and Technical 17,900 230,600
Business, Building & Other Support 11,500 97,700
Educational Services 17,300 104,100
Health care and social assistance 45,200 325,300
Arts, entertainment and recreation 5,200 51,400
Accommodation and food services 18,300 168,300
Other services (except public administration) 15,100 104,300
Public administration 10,600 119,700

Source – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/data/statistics/employment-labour/labour-market-statistics