October job numbers new record low

October job numbers new record low

Brantford’s jobless rate has fallen by three percentage points in the last year, setting a new record low last month.

The city’s October unemployment rate was 3.2%, down from 3.6% in September and 6.2% a year ago in October 2018, based on seasonally adjusted estimates released Friday by Statistics Canada.

Brantford’s jobless rate sits well below that of surrounding large metropolitan areas, with Hamilton’s the next best at 4.8%. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, St. Catharines-Niagara, and Guelph all have unemployment rates at or above the Ontario average of 5.4%, while London’s tops 6%.

While Brantford’s jobless rate has been falling over the last few months, other numbers have been moving in a negative direction. In particular, the number of people who are not in the labour force – those neither working nor looking for work – has been increasing. Since July, an estimated 4,000 more people have been classed as “not in labour force” by Statistics Canada.

September job numbers impress

September job numbers impress

Brantford set another record low jobless rate in September, even though less people were working than in August.

Brantford’s unemployment rate for September was estimated at 3.6%, down from 3.9% in August, according to seasonally adjusted Statistics Canada figures released Friday.

The city’s jobless rate is a new record low and is among the lowest in Canada.

Norfolk County has had an average unemployment rate of 5.7% over the last 3 months, using estimates that are not seasonally adjusted. This rate compares to the 8.9% jobless rate reported in September 2018.

Manufacturing Day 2019

Manufacturing Day 2019

October is being kicked off as Manufacturing Month, with plant tours on Oct. 3.

Grand Erie region’s Manufacturing Day will see some 250 Grade 10 students tour 18 area companies, with businesses in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk represented.

This is the fourth year for the tours, which were created as a way to inform students about career opportunities in our region’s No. 1 industry. About 16,000 Grand Erie residents work in manufacturing here and outside the region.

A list of companies hosting tours in 2019 is on the Manufacturing Month page.

Norfolk tradespeople recognized

Norfolk tradespeople recognized

Tradespersons working in Norfolk County have earned awards for their outstanding work in the trades.

The Skilled Tradespersons of the Year awards were handed out Sept. 25 at a trades appreciation event organized by the Workforce Planning Board, held at Venture Norfolk.

Construction: Philip Rundle, of Rundlebuilt, a respected contractor in business for 40 years.
Industrial: Todd Saunders, whose Simcoe business Rassaun Services Inc. employs dozens of tradespeople.
Service: Kaley Horton, owner of Kaley’s Restaurant and an expanding catering business.

Geoff McDonald of Stelco Inc. was Master of Ceremonies.

Brantford tradepeople earn awards

Brantford tradepeople earn awards

Several Brantford tradespersons have earned awards for their outstanding commitment to the skilled trades.

The inaugural Skilled Tradespersons of the Year awards were handed out Sept. 23 at a trades appreciation event organized by the Workforce Planning Board, held at Six Nations Polytechnic.

Construction: Corey DeBruyn, owner of The Electricians, a strong promoter of apprenticeships.
Industrial: Glenn Willett, who teaches apprentice millwrights at Conestoga College.
Motive Power: Kevin Doris, who is a model employee of City of Brantford public works.
Service: Charmaine Currie, a dedicated Child and Youth Worker and a teacher.

Jamie Bowman of Bowman Precision Tooling (shown in photo) was Master of Ceremonies.

Haldimand tradespeople recognized

Haldimand tradespeople recognized

Four tradespersons from Haldimand County have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the skilled trades.

The newly created Skilled Tradespersons of the Year awards were handed out Sept. 20 at a trades appreciation event organized by the Workforce Planning Board.

Construction: Chris Swick, a promoter of the electrician trade with IBEW, Local 105.
Industrial: Dave Suess, a millwright who teaches millwrighting at Mohawk College.
Industrial: Neil Huctwith, an industrial mechanic millwright at Stelco Inc.
Service: Henrietta Heeg, a dairy herdsperson and owner of Springknoll Dairy.

John Edelman of Haldimand Motors (shown in photo) served as Master of Ceremonies.

The event was also an opportunity for local businesses and tradespeople to share their views on how to attract more people to work in in-demand skilled trades and how the current apprenticeship system can be approved