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 2019
(Thousands)
Population 15 years+ 84.8 85.5 85 84.3 84.3 433 438.6 438.9 449.1 456.1
Labour Force
 Total 57.1 55.4 60 56.6 57 263.5 275.3 274.1 273.9 285.2
Employed 51.9 51.1 55.7 53 52.6 244.3 252.8 250.5 260.9 270.9
Unemployed 5.2 4.3 4.3 3.5 4.4 19.2 22.5 23.6 13.0 14.3
Not in Labour Force 27.7 30.1 25 27.8 27.3 169.5 163.3 164.7 175.3 171.0
(Percentage)
Unemployment Rate 9.1 7.8 7.2 6.2 7.7 7.3 8.2 8.6 4.7 5.0
Participation Rate 67.3 64.8 70.6 67.1 67.6 60.9 62.8 62.5 61.0 62.5
Employment Rate 61.2 59.8 65.5 62.9 62.4 56.4 57.6 57.1 58.1 59.0

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

 

Employment by Sector 2019


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 7,800 44,500
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 5,700 26.5
Utilities - 12,200
Construction 29,600 236,600
Manufacturing 17,000 165,700
Wholesale Trade 9,800 87,300
Retail Trade 38,700 301,900
Transportation & warehousing 12,200 140,600
Information and cultural industries 4.8 58,600
Finance, Insurance 6,300 98,100
Real Estate 4,100 60,700
Professional, Scientific and Technical 17,100 223,700
Business, Building & Other Support 8,300 112,300
Educational Services 17,300 178,700
Health care and social assistance 40,300 312,600
Arts, entertainment and recreation 7,500 72,900
Accommodation and food services 22,200 191,200
Other services (except public administration) 9,900 118,800
Public administration 9,300 116,000

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