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
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
(Thousands)
Population 15 years+ 84.8 85.5 85 84.3 84.3 433 438.6 438.9 449.1
Labour Force
 Total 57.1 55.4 60 56.6 57 263.5 275.3 274.1 273.9
Employed 51.9 51.1 55.7 53 52.6 244.3 252.8 250.5 260.9
Unemployed 5.2 4.3 4.3 3.5 4.4 19.2 22.5 23.6 13.0
Not in Labour Force 27.7 30.1 25 27.8 27.3 169.5 163.3 164.7 175.3
(Percentage)
Unemployment Rate 9.1 7.8 7.2 6.2 7.7 7.3 8.2 8.6 4.7
Participation Rate 67.3 64.8 70.6 67.1 67.6 60.9 62.8 62.5 61.0
Employment Rate 61.2 59.8 65.5 62.9 62.4 56.4 57.6 57.1 58.1

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

 

Employment by Sector 2018


Sector (Industry) Thompson/Okanagan BC
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 1,360 44,700
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 7,400 28,600
Utilities 1,900 13,900
Construction 27,300 238,400
Manufacturing 14,200 174,300
Wholesale Trade 8,500 82,200
Retail Trade 32,800 286,200
Transportation & warehousing 10,400 135,800
Information and cultural industries 2,900 57,900
Finance, Insurance 6,700 66,400
Real Estate 4,700 51,500
Professional, Scientific and Technical 12,600 208,500
Business, Building & Other Support 8,300 100,600
Educational Services 18,800 168,600
Health care and social assistance 43,600 323,200
Arts, entertainment and recreation 6,400 69,700
Accommodation and food services 22,500 187,700
Other services (except public administration) 11,000 118,100
Public administration 8,200 104,300

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