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
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
(Thousands)
Population 15 years+ 77.7 79.0 84.8 85.5 85 84.3 84.3 433 438.6 438.9
Labour Force
 Total 56.6 54.1 57.1 55.4 60 56.6 57 263.5 275.3 274.1
Employed 53.3 49.6 51.9 51.1 55.7 53 52.6 244.3 252.8 250.5
Unemployed 3.3 4.5 5.2 4.3 4.3 3.5 4.4 19.2 22.5 23.6
Not in Labour Force 21.2 24.9 27.7 30.1 25 27.8 27.3 169.5 163.3 164.7
(Percentage)
Unemployment Rate 5.8 8.3 9.1 7.8 7.2 6.2 7.7 7.3 8.2 8.6
Participation Rate 72.8 68.5 67.3 64.8 70.6 67.1 67.6 60.9 62.8 62.5
Employment Rate 68.6 62.8 61.2 59.8 65.5 62.9 62.4 56.4 57.6 57.1

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

 

Employment by Industry


Industry Kamloops BC
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 1,085 65,515
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 2,100 26,985
Utilities 275 12,790
Construction 4,595 195,990
Manufacturing 2,910 159,920
Wholesale Trade 1,460 82,020
Retail trade 7,030 288,995
Transportation and warehousing 3,130 130,335
Information and cultural industries 825 67,035
Finance and insurance 1,440 94,070
Real estate and rental and leasing 945 52,860
Professional, scientific and technical services 3,135 192,375
Management of companies and enterprises 60 4,365
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services 2,120 107,195
Educational services 3,710 178,970
Health care and social assistance 7,405 274,255
Arts, entertainment and recreation 1,635 58,695
Accommodation and food services 5,130 210,185
Other services (except public administration) 2,565 110,815
Public administration 3355 132,445

Source – StatsCan 2016 Census