Vernon, BC Overview Situated in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley region, Vernon boasts a location between major ...
Vernon, BC Overview
Situated in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley region, Vernon boasts a location between major cities Vancouver and Calgary. The city has a relatively diverse economy, so while traditional industries such as forestry and agriculture play a big part, so do others such as administration and professional services, manufacturing, service, and tourism.
The quality of living in Vernon is high, due to a mix of recreation, health facilities, sports, performing arts, and seasonal festivals. The typical Vernon resident is both educated and skilled, a good match for the varied industries in this mid-sized city.
Vernon, BC Job Opportunities
Nearly half of the jobs in Vernon, BC, are in the service industry, while about one-eighth are in retail and one-tenth are in construction. The forestry industry makes up less than 10 per cent of the jobs in Vernon but nearly 25 per cent of the jobs in this industry in British Columbia.
Office workers, transit drivers, and cleaners will find the largest number of job openings in this region. Nurses and administrative workers will also find numerous available positions. In the next decade, the fastest growing fields in the Vernon region are likely to be health care, nursing, and healthcare management.
Vernon, BC Employment Trends
The unemployment rate in the Vernon area is 6.9 per cent, which is slightly over the national and provincial rate and similar to the area's unemployment rate in 2014.
Over the next decade, the Okanagan Valley region is expected to create nearly 100,000 job openings. Most of these jobs will replace aging workers who have reached retirement age, a result of the older age of workers in this area. About 20 per cent of the openings in the Vernon area will be newly created jobs. Overall, the Okanagan Valley region can expect an annual increase of about 0.7 per cent in its job market.