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Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 3, Issue 4 (March 23/17)
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February 2017 Employment Stats

Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
(Yearly change -0.3 points decrease)

Participation Rate: 64.6 %
(Yearly change 1.5 increase)

Employment Rate: 60.7%
(Yearly change 1.5 increase)

(Info from Statistics Canada)


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What does WPH believe?

Business, Labour & Community: Planning for Prosperity!

2017 EmployerOne Survey results: Checking the pulse of Hamilton's labour market in real time

Workforce Planning Hamilton is happy to announce the release of the 2017 EmployerOne Survey results! 

This year 238 employers took the time to complete the survey, an increase of 100 employers from last year. Thanks to the employers who completed the survey and our partners who shared the survey with their employer contacts.

What are the 6 things you need to know about Hamilton's labour market in 2017?

1. Employers are cautiously optimistic and hiring is estimated to be slightly higher than last year.

2. Increasingly more jobs are part-time, seasonal or contract.

3. There continue to be jobs for people that lack a post-secondary education.

4. Construction and Manufacturing are 2 sectors that have recruitment challenges.

5. The start-up sector is strong in Hamilton, with 20% of businesses being established within the last 5 years.

6. Work ethic is the most important soft skill that employers seek.

After reading the report please give us your feedback by completing a brief survey here.
2017 EmployerOne Survey results: Local employers are optimistic regarding planned hiring

business-cellphone-woman.jpg Employers told WPH that they will most likely hire 1-4 people, and expansion is the major reason.

Last year 69% of employers said they were planning to hire in 2016, but our data shows that 87% of employer respondents to the 2017 survey had hired one or more employees.

2017 EmployerOne Survey results: Hot occupations for 2017

The occupations that employers are most likely to hire for in the upcoming year are:

  • Administrative and Clerical
  • Service Workers
  • Managers and Executives
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Production Workers
The sectors that saw the most growth in 2016 were:

  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
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