The number of people employed in the Thompson Okanagan Region decreased from 266,300 in September 2017 to 260,800 in September 2018. Simultaneously, the number of people in the labour force decreased from 286,800 in September 2017 to 277,100 in September 2018. Last month, employment rates were 62.2% in B.C. and 62.1% in Canada, while the Thompson Okanagan Region was 58.2%. The unemployment rate in the Thompson Okanagan Region decreased from 6.1% in August to 5.9% in September.

Source: Statistics Canada LFS

Number of Postings by Occupation, in Kamloops 2017-2018

Airport Passenger Volumes

Passenger numbers continue to reflect positive growth with the highest third quarter ever for Kamloops Airport, as well as the best July, August and September on record, exceeding the previous best third quarter of 2015 by 8%.

Source: Kamloops Airport Authority

Real Estate

In September 2018, a total of 250 residential units were sold in Kamloops, down from the 338 total units in September of the previous year. New listings were down from the 432 in September 2017 to the 424 in September 2018, and the total value of residential units sold increased from $124,232,227 (2017) to $101,643,950 (2018). The average home price in Kamloops was $484,900 in September compared to the BC average of $716,096 and national average of $487,000.

The national average price is heavily skewed by sales in the GVA and GTA, two of Canada's most active and expensive markets. Excluding these two markets from calculations cuts close to $104,000 from the national average price, trimming it to just under $383,000.

Sources: Kamloops and District Real Estate Association, BC Real Estate Association, and Canadian Real Estate Association

Housing Construction

There were 24 new housing starts in Kamloops in September 2018. This is in comparison to 41 starts in September 2017. The 24 housing starts represented $8,966,454 in construction value, compared to $16,174,493 in construction value for the 41 housing starts in September of the previous year.

Source: City of Kamloops; Statistics Canada

Building Permits

In September 2018, the City of Kamloops issued 32 residential building permits valued at $9,199,954 down from the 67 permits issued in September of the previous year at a value of $17,169,188. A total of 8 commercial building permits were issued in September 2018 with a value of $6,267,669 compared to the 11 permits issued in September 2017 with a value of $1,103,500.

Source: City of Kamloops

Business Licenses

Kamloops issued 44 new business license applications in September 2018, down from 49 the previous year.


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Residential Building Permits
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Source: City of Kamloops