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Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 5, Issue 3 (May 18/17)
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April 2017 Employment Stats

Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
(Yearly change -0.1 points decrease)

Participation Rate: 65.7 %
(Yearly change 2.3 points increase)

Employment Rate: 62.2%
(Yearly change 2.3 points increase)


(Info from Statistics Canada)

 




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Under Pressure: Exploring skills gaps in the industrial trades 

production_illustration.jpg It is always a learning experience when Workforce Planning Hamilton staff have the opportunity to speak to local employers, to find out about their challenges and experiences on the frontline of Hamilton's employment scene.

When we speak to employers we often hear about shortages in sectors that employ skilled trades workers, and how this impacts them as they try to maintain or grow their businesses. 

Our skilled trades research project this year will work with new Census information and information from the Ontario College of Trades to find out which skilled trades occupations have critical shortages. We'll examine the industrial, motive power and construction sectors and speak to many local employers.

If you would like to be involved with a project that will help to create a new approach to workforce development please contact Viktor Cicman at 905-521-5777 ext. 16 or by email: viktorcicman@workforceplanninghamilton.ca

Lower-paying jobs for college grads less likely to be replaced by computers

Researchers at the Hamilton Project found that students who studied finance, engineering and computer science tend to make the most money after graduation,  while those who majored in counselling, social work and early childhood education saw the lowest wages - but in fields computers aren't likely to dominate.

"The hardest activities to automate with the technologies available today are those that involve managing and developing people," noted the authors of a recent McKinsey study.
Basic Income Town Hall 
 
The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction is holding a  Basic Income Town Hall meeting on  Monday, May 29th, from 7pm - 9pm.

The meeting takes place at  Hamilton Central Library, 55 York Blvd, Main Floor Auditorium, and features g uest speaker: Evelyn Forget  and Q & A on the Basic Income Pilot.
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