Brantford-Brant sees employment gains

Brantford-Brant sees employment gains

September 2022 employment grew, while the unemployment rate also inched up.

Brantford-Brant’s September jobless rate inched up to 4.1%, from 3.8% in August, according to Statistics Canada’s monthly labour force survey. The employment rate climbed at the same time by half a percentage to 65.1 – a 3-year high.

Norfolk’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6% last month, a dramatic improvement compared to September 2021 when it was 9.4%. The employment rate also improved over the same 12 months, landing at 52.2%, though other numbers were little changed.

Canada’s jobless rate dipped slightly to 5.2% after the economy gained about 21,000 jobs. Meanwhile, Ontario saw about 32,000 jobs lost, though the unemployment rate was virtually unchanged at 5.8%.

“We’ve seen consistent, positive employment growth over the last year in the Brantford-Brant area, with an estimated 5,000 more people working since last September,” said Danette Dalton of the Workforce Planning Board.

“Last month’s employment rate of 65.1% was the highest in 3 years, so we have made a lot of progress that has attracted more people to the labour market. But there’s more room to grow.”

The overall size of the labour force and the percentage of the adult population participating in the labour force have also continued their upwards trend.

Over the last 6 months, there have been about 3,100 more people working in trades, transportation and equipment operator occupations and 2,600 more in sales and service positions. Most of the gains over the last few months have been in full-time work, while part-time employment is up slightly.

Despite the growth, Dalton said a continuing storyline locally and across Canada is the labour shortage, with many businesses unable to fill positions.

There were about 3,800 new postings last month on the Grand Erie Jobs job board operated by the Workforce Planning Board.

Visit Statistics Canada’s website to read its news release on September 2022 employment in Canada and Ontario.

More people rejoining area’s labour force

More people rejoining area’s labour force

August 2022 employment grew in Brantford-Brant, but the jobless rate still climbed after an influx of people searched for work.

The local unemployment rate climbed to 3.8% last month, up from 3.4% in July.

Meanwhile, Canada’s jobless rate jumped half a percentage point to 5.4% in August as employment fell by 40,000 overall. Ontario’s rate climbed to 5.7%, attributed to more people searching for work.

Based on its survey of Brantford-Brant residents, Statistics Canada estimated that an additional 1,700 people entered the labour market in August, with 1,300 finding jobs and 400 not. That pushed up the employment rate by a full percentage point to 64.6%, the highest in the last year.

“With many businesses experiencing labour shortages, this influx of workers is particularly good news,” said Danette Dalton, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie.

“This will help take some pressure off businesses, but we know that the tight labour market will continue, with lots of competition for workers.”

Dalton said that some companies have increased wages, improved benefits and offered signing bonuses, but it isn’t clear if these actions have enticed people to rejoin the workforce.

The planning board has launched a new survey to better understand what job seekers and workers value most in a job. Wages, benefits, opportunity for promotion, the ability to use a person’s skills?

The Quality of Work survey will run over the next couple of month and local residents are encouraged to take 10 minutes to complete it:

August saw 3,900 new jobs listed on Grand Erie Jobs, reversing the drop seen in July.

Typically, the most in-demand jobs are in the service industry, which is where the majority of employment growth in August came from, led by positions in wholesale and retail trade.

Statistics Canada’s local survey showed a large chunk of job growth was in full-time work. More men than women began working, with more job gains among men in the core working ages of 25 – 54.

Visit Statistics Canada’s website to read its news release on August 2022 employment in Canada and Ontario.

Area jobless rate hits 16-year record low

Area jobless rate hits 16-year record low

July 2022 employment numbers saw Brantford-Brant set a new record low jobless rate, further cementing the area as having one of the strongest labour markets in Ontario.

The Brantford area’s unemployment rate declined to 3.4% in July, down from June’s 3.9%, according to seasonally adjusted estimates released by Statistics Canada. In Ontario, only Guelph was lower at 3.2%.

Across Canada, employment was down 31,000, but the national jobless rate remained unchanged at a record low of 4.9%. Ontario recorded most of the employment losses with 27,000, causing the provincial unemployment rate to climb slightly to 5.3%.

Brantford’s 3.4% jobless rate is the lowest since comparable data started being collected in 2006. The number of local unemployed people in July was estimated at 2,700, also the lowest in 16 years.

“It’s fantastic to see so many local residents working and our area setting a new record low unemployment rate,” said Danette Dalton, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie.

“Unfortunately, it also means that local businesses will continue to face challenges hiring staff, as the pool of available labour has shrunk.”

There were an estimated 76,700 people employed in Brantford-Brant in July, up more than 1,000 from June and the highest since November 2019.

The local labour market saw employment gains mainly in service-related jobs, with modest gains in most categories, led by educational services, wholesale and retail trade, and professional services. Manufacturing also saw some gains, while employment in construction continues to hold steady.

July 2022 employment gains were in full-time work, with part-time employment declining slightly.

Grand Erie Jobs, the community’s largest job board, saw about 3,100 new jobs posted in July, a significant drop from the number seen in each of the last three months. More than 72% of postings were for full-time work, with the majority of those considered permanent positions. Casual positions accounted for less than 6% of job postings.

Visit Statistics Canada’s website to read its news release on July 2022 employment in Canada and Ontario.

Quality of Work – New Local Survey

Quality of Work – New Local Survey

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie has launched a new survey that is digging into how people perceive quality of work at their current or past workplaces.

Quality of work typically refers to a combination of things like a job’s income and benefits, job security, chance for promotion, opportunities to use skills, workplace culture and more.

For the last few years, our annual employer survey results have highlighted the growing obstacles that businesses face in finding and retaining suitable employees. Turnover triggered by quits, workplace culture and lack of work-life balance has been increasing and this has significant impacts on business operations.

With the added volatility of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to better understand the factors that influence quality of work, and to scope out the opportunities, challenges and barriers to supporting the Grand Erie labour market.

We will be examining the “quality of work” amongst workers within six industries in the Grand Erie area (healthcare and social assistance, retail trade, construction, manufacturing, accommodation and food services and agriculture.) The research will be carried out through a workforce survey that will measure the quality of work along 6 dimensions defined by Statistics Canada.

With this survey, we want to better understand what people value in a job, the workplace and their leaders. It is important to hear from workers, what attracts them to apply for a job and to stay in a job.

Many employers are experiencing labour shortages and they are competing for workers. Having a reputation of providing a good work culture and jobs can make a business stand out. The survey should help businesses, community organizations and local government learn more about what workers value in a workplace, and could prompt changes that strengthen quality of work.

Employers may learn what improvements or best practices they can implement in their workplace to give workers a stronger incentive to stay. And a good quality of work and work-life balance at a workplace can be a big selling point to potential new hires.

Individuals who complete the survey may find themselves better equipped to open up conversations with their managers about how their work quality can be enhanced. Results may also help those looking for work to identify industries that best support their quality of work goals.

Further, data collected through this survey can help community organizations/government develop better, more targeted programs and services to support our workforce’s needs.

The survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete, is open to employees and job seekers 15 years and older who lives in Brantford, Six Nations, New Credit and Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk counties and will be running until September of this year. Those who complete the survey will have a chance to win a prize in a weekly draw.

The research project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre, a forward-looking organization that prototypes, tests and measures new and innovative approaches to skills development across Canada. To learn more about Future Skills Centre, visit:

Thank you to our survey sponsors:

Brantford jobless rate falls to 3.9% in June

Brantford jobless rate falls to 3.9% in June

June 2022 employment numbers saw Brantford rack up additional employment gains.

The area gained hundreds of jobs in June, dropping the monthly unemployment rate to 3.9%, down from May’s 4.6%, according to Statistics Canada’s labour force survey of local households.

Norfolk’s jobless rate was estimated at 4.3% in June, a sizeable improvement over the 7.4% recorded in June 2021. Norfolk’s lower rate was due to a shrinking labour force since the actual number of people employed stayed the same year over year.

Canada’s monthly unemployment rate fell to a new record low of 4.9% in June, even though 43,000 fewer people were employed. The rate drop was due to fewer people searching for work. Meanwhile, Ontario’s rate fell to 5.1%.

In Brantford, the overall size of the labour force increased for the first time in several months, while the employment rate improved due to the job gains. The June 2022 employment numbers showed job gains in both full-time and part-time work.

Impressive job numbers

“These impressive numbers come at a time when some employers are experiencing a labour shortage,” said Danette Dalton, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie. “There are still hundreds of potential workers who aren’t in the labour force who can help fill that shortage. The good news is that when residents join or rejoin the workforce there are usually jobs for them.”

Dalton said retirements in the last year have made a tight labour pool even tighter. The number of residents ages 65 and over not in the labour force – neither employed nor looking for work – has increased by more than 3,000 since June 2021. A large majority of those were women.

By contrast, in the previous one-year period, June 2020 to June 2021, the number of people 65 and over not in the labour force declined.

Grand Erie Jobs postings

The number of new job openings posted on Grand Erie Jobs, the community’s largest job board, has been holding steady at around 4,000 each month for the region. Meanwhile, the number of companies posting jobs each month has been consistently around 2,000.

In the last couple months, there’s been noticeable jumps in the number of postings in retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and information and culture. Education job postings have jumped even more, as this is a traditional time that school boards, colleges and universities post.

Visit Statistics Canada’s website to read its news release on June 2022 employment in Canada and Ontario.

Local unemployment drops once again

Local unemployment drops once again

May 2022 employment numbers show Brantford’s jobless is now the lowest in southern Ontario, after it dropped for the sixth straight month.

The city’s unemployment rate declined to 4.6% in May, down from April’s 4.8%, according to seasonally adjusted estimates released by Statistics Canada on Friday.

In Ontario, only Belleville, Sudbury and Thunder Bay have jobless rates lower than Brantford-Brant. The rates for the adjacent communities of Hamilton, St. Catharines-Niagara, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo are just above 5%.

Canada’s economy added 40,000 jobs in May, driven by job gains for women, dropping the national monthly unemployment rate to 5.1% – a new record low. Ontario’s rate was little changed at 5.5%.

Brantford’s jobless rate has fallen by a full 3% in the last six months, the largest decline among all Ontario communities surveyed, as well as provincially and nationally.

“The recent decline in Brantford’s jobless rate has been impressive,” said Danette Dalton, executive director. “That doesn’t mean there still aren’t challenges or room for improvement in the local labour market.”

Dalton said that even though unemployment has dropped, there are still fewer people participating in the labour market than six months ago.

“There are about 2,000 less people in the labour force, which is contributing to a tight labour market and making it difficult for some employers to fill job openings,” she said. “They want to hire but they can’t find the people.”

Grand Erie Jobs, the Workforce Planning Board’s community job board, saw more than 4,000 new job postings in May, on par with last month’ Employers with the most job postings included Wilfrid Laurier, Brant Community Healthcare System, Lowe’s, and local governments.

May 2022 employment statistics also showed am increase in part-time work and a drop in full-time work. This is most noticeable among women and among all workers 15 to 24 in age, many of whom work in the service industry. Month-over-month, meanwhile, May employment grew the most in manufacturing, according to Statistics Canada..

Visit Statistics Canada’s website to read its news release on May 2022 employment in Canada and Ontario.

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