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Business, Labour & Community: Planning for Prosperity!
Hamilton Labour Force Snapshot - February 2016
The Hamilton Labour Force Snapshot for February indicates both positive and negative labour market characteristics in our community.
On the positive side, once again, the Hamilton CMA area (which includes Burlington, Grimsby and Hamilton) has an unemployment rate which remains lower than that of both Ontario and Canada.
However, last month's unemployment rate in Hamilton (6.1%) was the highest it has been since the summer of 2014. In addition, there were 1,800 less people in the labour force when compared to last year.
For more information on local employment in various sectors, occupations by the numbers and the unemployment rate in review please read the report.
Young grads need to brush up on 3 Rs, employers say
Executives in 20 recent employer surveys said they look to hire people with so-called "soft" or "essential skills" - communicating, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork - "yet this is where they see students being deficient," said Harvey Weingarten, president of Ontario's higher education think-tank.
If these skills are so important, it's time to actually test students for them when they enter university or college, and again when they leave, said Weingarten, whose Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) advises Queen's Park on higher learning.
Transitions Conference presented by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, March 23-24, 2016
"Transitions," HEQCO's 6th annual conference crosses borders, sectors and silos for the best thinking on education from K to Life. The conference takes place from March 23-24, 2016 at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Education is a lifelong endeavour - from early childhood to later life learning - and there are transitions at every turn. "Transitions" crosses borders, sectors and silos for the best thinking on how our education sectors could work together to improve educational access, enhance quality and ensure that Canadians have the knowledge and skills they need for success.