OTTAWA — According to the latest data from Tourism HR Canada, tourism employment decreased by 34,400 jobs in November, representing a 2.1-per-cent decrease from October and the second consecutive month of declines.
Most provinces saw a loss of tourism employment in November, with the greatest loss occurring in Manitoba (down 13,900), followed by Quebec (down 11,400) and Ontario (down 10,200). Tourism HR Canada points to the decline in Manitoba as particularly notable because it represents a 22.6-per-cent decline in tourism employment from the previous month.
Broken down by industry segment, employment declined in accommodations by 1.1 per cent between October and November. Food and beverage services saw a 3.9-per-cent reduction and recreation and entertainment industries saw a drop of 8.1 per cent. Employment gains occurred in the transportation (up 8.1 per cent) and travel-services industries (up 18.3 per cent).
In year-over-year comparison, the tourism sector employed 466,000 fewer people in November 2020 than the pervious year (seasonally unadjusted data). Employment losses in tourism currently make up 75 per cent of all year-over-year employment losses in Canada.
Between November 2019 and November 2020, the accommodation sector saw the steepest decline on a percent basis, with employment falling 37.4 per cent. Travel services saw a decline of 29.1 per cent, followed by recreation and entertainment (down 25.9 per cent), tourism (down 22.3 per cent) and food and beverage (down 20.3 per cent).
The full report is available at tourismhr.ca.