A compact, thriving City located between Langley Township and Surrey to the west, with Aldergrove, Fort Langley and Walnut Grove close by, is the City of Langley with a growing 2011 population estimated at 27,085, which is expected to grow to 31,502 by 2031. Langley has an unemployment rate of 5.0 percent. Agriculture plays an important role in the economy of Langley, and local farms offer outstanding products with Country Style hospitality and charm. Additionally, farmers are finding more creative ways to live off their land by exploring agri-tourism marketing techniques, technology, and niche markets - potentially offering more opportunities for jobs in Langley. As a centre for retail, commercial, and industrial activity, the City of Langley has become a workplace destination for residents all around the Fraser Valley. Although the City of Langley is only 10 square kilometres, it enjoys access to a talented, skilled and education labour force of 326,000 people within a 30-minute commute.
According to industry on the Langley Statistical Profile, jobs in Langley are dominant in retail trade (1,700), manufacturing (1,600), and construction (1,205). Currently there are more jobs in Langley than there is a resident workforce. By occupation, management; sales and services; and trades, transport, and equipment operators are the top three sources for jobs in Langley at 12.1 percent, 5.1 percent, and 2.2 percent, respectively.
Among the leading employers for jobs in Langley are Cascades Casino/Convention Centre (Hospitality), Canada Bread (Food Processing), Safeway (Grocery), Kwantlen Polytechnic Univeristy (Education), CKF (Manufacturing), Langley School District, Price Smart (Grocery), and Langley City (Government).
Over the past four decades, the Township of Langley has experiences a dramatic increase in population; local businesses and industrial and commercial developments have kept pace. There is a healthy balance between the growing labour force and job opportunities. The Township of Langley has a goal to supply one job for every Langley resident in the employed labour force, and more than 6,600 companies that currently operate within the Township make this goal attainable. With access to major transportation routes and the U.S. border crossing, a large industrial floor, and one of the largest retail centres in the lower mainland, the Township of Langley has everything required to create successful businesses and maintain a healthy economy.