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A Diverse, Growing Workforce

Opportunities abound in Northeast British Columbia with core industries of employment being construction, retail trade, other private services, food services & drinking places, truck transportation and oil and gas extraction and its supporting services. For many years, the economies of the northeast have been diversifying, from what was for many years primarily resource and agriculture-based economies. Communities in the northeast have now matured to where the top five primary industries by employment represent less than half of the overall jobs in the region.

Boasting consistently low unemployment rates, the Northeast region also boasts the highest full-time employment share (83%) compared to other regions in British Columbia.

The 2016 National Census found that Dawson Creek showed the highest percentage median income growth (32%) of all metropolitan areas in British Columbia when compared to the previous 2011 census.

Because Dawson Creek is centrally located and is serviced by many highways, workers who live in Dawson Creek are able to commute to jobs in other municipalities such as Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Taylor and Fort St John. Also, the rural population is able to easily travel into Dawson Creek for work.

Labour Market Outlook

Every year, the British Columbia government updates their 10-year labour market projections by region and publishes B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook through WorkBC. Dawson Creek is found in the Northeast region of the province which includes Fort St. John, Chetywnd, Tumbler Ridge, Fort Nelson and all the communities in between.

Highest 10-Year Employment Growth Rate in British Columbia

The latest predictions in B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook (2018-2028) anticipate that the Northeast will see a higher annual growth rate at 1.4% than any other region of the province (up from 1% in 2017’s predictions). Significantly, the Construction industry, the largest sector of employment, is expected to also be one of the fastest growing industries of employment, growing 25% by 2028 with over 1,500 new positions added (2.2% average annual growth).

Highest 10-Year Expansion-Replacement Ratio in the Province

As in all other areas of the Canada’s labour market, the majority of job openings in the coming years are expected to be a result of replacement, when existing workers leave the workforce due to retirement, death, or disability. However, compared to the rest of the province, the Northeast region boasts the highest proportion of openings due to expansion at 42% compared to provincial average of 32%.

Industries with Most Job Openings: 2018-2028 (Northeast)

Industry

Employment (2018) 

Employment Growth Rate
(Avg. Annual  %)

Expansion

Replacement

Job Openings

Construction

6,380

2.20%

1,570

1,470

3,040

Other retail trade (excluding cars and personal care)

3,110

1.60%

550

570

1,120

Repair, personal and non-profit services

2,120

1.70%

400

390

790

Oil and gas extraction

1,400

2.00%

310

340

650

Elementary and secondary schools

1,910

1.10%

230

410

640

Truck transportation

1,840

0.90%

170

460

630

Food services and drinking places

2,130

1.30%

290

260

550

Support activities for mining and oil and gas extraction

1,890

0.50%

80

400

480

Wholesale trade

1,370

0.90%

130

290

420

Ambulatory health care services

760

2.80%

240

150

390

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2018 Edition

Occupations with Most Job Openings: 2018-2028 (Northeast)

OCCUPATION EMPLOYMENT
2018 
EXPANSION
2018-2028

REPLACEMENT
JOB

JOB OPENINGS
2018-2028
LEVEL 0: Usually requiring combination of education and experience
Retail and wholesale trade managers 990 140 230 370
Managers in agriculture 700 60 180 240
Construction managers 360 80 100 180
Restaurant and food service managers 340 50 70 110
Managers in natural resources production and fishing 250 20 80 100
LEVEL A: Usually requiring a Bachelor’s, Graduate or First Professional Degree
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers 750 90 150 240
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 530 100 90 180
Secondary school teachers 280 30 60 90
Financial auditors and accountants 160 40 40 70
Other financial officers 90 40 20 60
LEVEL B: Usually requiring diploma, certificate or apprenticeship training
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 740 140 200 340
Administrative officers 620 90 190 280
Carpenters 670 150 120 270
Administrative assistants 610 80 140 220
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers 630 100 110 210
LEVEL C: Usually requiring secondary school and/or occupation- specific training
Transport truck drivers 1,710 180 450 630
Retail salespersons 1,290 200 190 390
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) 690 130 180 310
General office support workers 660 100 150 250
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 360 80 70 150
LEVEL D: Usually requiring on-the-job training
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents 850 90 210 300
Construction trades helpers and labourers 680 150 110 260
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 780 110 60 180
Light duty cleaners 620 40 120 160
Cashiers 480 80 60 140

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2018 Edition

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Industry/Labour-Market-Outlook.aspx

Dawson Creek Employment Profile

Unemployment Rate Comparison (%)

3-month moving average, seasonally unadjusted:

 

Average / Median Income

  Individuals
(population aged 15 years and over)
Households

Tax Year Average ($) Median ($) Average ($) Median ($)
2005 34,633 26,856 62,253 50,848
2010 40,735 33,490 73,312 58,416
2015 50,079 40,242 90,925 79,061

Source: Statistics Canada

Occupation – National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016

Total labour force population aged 15 years and over by occupation 6,720
All occupations 6,580
Management occupations 590
Business, finance and administration occupations 895
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 225
Health occupations 490
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services 610
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 70
Sales and service occupations 1,665
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 1,425
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations 280
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities 320

Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census