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Beaver Creek
Burwash Landing
Carcross
Carmacks
Dawson City
Destruction Bay
Faro
Haines Junction
Mayo
Old Crow
Pelly Crossing
Ross River
Tagish
Teslin
Watson Lake
Whitehorse

Population and Labour Force

Population

The current population of Whitehorse is 27,678 (Dec. 2012). Yukon’s total population is 36,402 (Dec. 2012); over 76 percent of the total Yukon population lives in the community of Whitehorse. 

Population Growth

The population of the Yukon itself is growing; a population growth of 11.6% between the 2006 and 2011 census years was the highest in Canada.

In the past 10 years, Yukon's annual average population increased by 5,183 people from a population of 30,063 in 2002 to 35,246 (revised) in 2011. This represents an annual average growth rate of 1.77%.

According to the Yukon Bureau of Statistics:

  • In 2021, Yukon’s population is projected to be 40,130, 41, 698 or 43,188 (based on three reference periods). 
  • In 2021, the Whitehorse population is projected to be between 30,721 and 33,179.

Yukon Demographics

Labour Force

From forestry to mining, Yukoners have worked in natural resource industries for over 100 years, and in developing expertise for working in remote, cold-climate conditions. 

More recently, with new technologies and media-based innovations, along with territory-wide broadband connectivity, Yukoners have become skilled knowledge-based workers.    

In Whitehorse, the public administration sector remained the territory’s biggest employer in 2011, representing just under a third of the total employees in Yukon.

Source: Yukon Bureau of Statistics 2011

Labour Force Participation for Whitehorse (2006)

Total

Male

Female

Population 15 years and over by labour force activity - 20% sample data

16310

7935

8375

In the labour force

12865

6445

6420

Employed

11920

5930

5990

Unemployed

945

515

430

Not in the labour force

3445

1490

1955

Participation rate

78.9

81.2

76.7

Employment rate

73.1

74.7

71.5

Unemployment rate

7.3

8

6.7


Source: Government of Yukon Socio-economic Web Portal

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