More peo­ple look­ing for work last month ac­cord­ing to re­gional fig­ures

The Goderich Signal-Star - - HISTORY -

While the prov­ince’s un­em­ploy­ment rate fell .2% be­tween Novem­ber ( 5.9%) and De­cem­ber 2016 (5.7%), the rate for the Strat­fordBruce Penin­sula eco­nomic re­gion went up .8% from 3.0% to 3.8%.

The­labour force in our eco­nomic re­gion had an ad­di­tional 1,800 peo­ple look­ing for work last month, ris­ing from 158,200 to 160,000.

Theto­tal­num­berem­ployed rose from 153,500 in Novem­ber to 154,000 in De­cem­ber with part-time gains of 900 offset by losses in full- time po­si­tions.

Overa l l the 2016 net labour force was smaller (152,800) com­pared to 2015 (153,700). The re­gion ended 2016 with an an­nual un­em­ploy­ment rate of 4.8%, .9% be­low the 2015 rate of 5.7%.

Em­ploy­ment in the ser­vices-pro­duc­ing sec­tor net­ted a 1,200 loss, which was largely felt in busi­ness, build­ing and other sup­port ser­vices (-800), In­for­ma­tion, cul­ture and recre­ation (-600) and other ser­vices (- 600). The most em­ploy­ment gains were in Pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion (+ 900) and Fi­nance, in­sur­ance, real es­tate and leas­ing (+600).

The goods-pro­duc­ing sec­tor had a net gain of 1,700with man­u­fac­tur­ing (+1,400) and con­struc­tion (+ 800), offset with losses in agri­cul­ture (-700) and util­i­ties (-100).

A late year an­nounce­ment byMaple Leaf Foods, with the ex­pan­sion of a turkey pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity in­Mitchell, will see the ad­di­tion of a pos­si­ble 100 new em­ploy­ees by mid-2017.

Em­ploy­ers in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth coun­ties can help the Four County Labour Mar­ket Plan­ning Board un­der­stand their work­force needs by com­plet­ing the Em­ploy­erOne sur­vey avail­able Jan. 1-31, 2017.

Em­ploy­ers can visit www. plan­ning­board.ca/sur­vey to com­plete the sur­vey.

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