Employment by industry in rural Canada: Interactive dashboard


The data used to create this interactive web application is from the following listed data tables:

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This tool displays data on employment and on unemployment rates in rural areas of Canada.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 3701.

All data used in this visualization are collected by the Labor Force Survey (LFS). LFS data are used to produce the unemployment rate as well as other standard labour market indicators such as the employment rate and the participation rate.

All values in the visualization are taken directly from the LFS tables except for the average of annual employment and change in employment, which are calculated as a percent change from period to period.

The data for the unemployment rate is for both sexes for the age group 15 years and over. The data used for the monthly employment values are unadjusted for seasonality.

Annual data in the visualization are available from 2011 to the current released year. Annual data for a given year are released by February of the following year.


“Rural” is defined as all areas that are outside of census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and census agglomeration (CAs). The CMA and CA definitions are based on Statistics Canada’s 2011 Standard Geographical Classification (SGC).

Industries are based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

For more information on the sampling variability of estimates, see the Guide to the Labour Force Survey (71-543-G).

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