Brantford area job market strong in 2019

Brantford area job market strong in 2019

Brantford’s jobless rate has climbed for the first time in six months, but 2019 overall saw strong job growth.

The city’s unemployment rate was 3.8% in December 2019, up from the historic low of 3.1% in November, according to seasonally adjusted estimates derived from a Statistics Canada survey of local households.

Norfolk’s jobless rate was 6% for December, monthly figures not adjusted for seasonal factors.

The year 2019 was a strong year for Brantford’s job market and employment growth. From 2018 to 2019, employment grew by 8,700 people to 78,700 people, according to annual Statistics Canada data, also released Friday. Three-quarters of the job growth in 2019 came in full-time work.

20 questions for 2020

20 questions for 2020

Area employers are being urged to answer 20 questions to kick off 2020.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie and about 20 partner organizations will be sending the annual EmployerOne survey out to employers throughout January.

It is the 7th year for the survey, which gathers information on the workforce needs and challenges of employers in Brantford, Six Nations, New Credit and the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk.

This year’s survey has been shortened to 20 questions which focus on core issues, including hiring and separations, staff attraction and retention, in-demand skills and hard-to-fill jobs.

The Workforce Planning Board will analyze the data collected and release survey findings in the spring.

Videos celebrate local manufacturing

Videos celebrate local manufacturing

Four new videos have been released that celebrate local manufacturers, their products and the occupations behind them.

The We Make It Here videos, one for each Grand Erie municipality, showcase local manufacturers who make a diverse range of goods, ranging from biodegradable drinking straws to military parts, chiropractic tables to bird food, irrigation equipment to communications antennas, and more.

The 12 companies featured in the videos are:

  • Brantford: Patriot Forge, Stone Straw, Apotex Pharmachem
  • Brant County: iSPAN Sytems, Wade Antenna, Apogee Ceramics
  • Haldimand County: Armstrong Milling, Elite Manufacturing, Cargo Ease
  • Norfolk County: On Time Precision Components, Lonestar Welding, Cadman Power

The We Make It Here videos were produced by the Workforce Planning Board in partnership with the companies, municipal economic development departments, the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and the Grand Erie District School Board. The project was funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

The videos build on manufacturing videos released in 2018 and 2017.

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.

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