Brantford’s job market continues to see strong numbers to begin 2019.
About 1,900 more local people were working in February, dropping last month’s Brantford unemployment rate to 4.6 per cent, down from 5.9 per cent in January, according to Statistics Canada’s figures released Friday.
Brantford’s February jobless rate is the lowest since June 2017.
Canada added an estimated 56,000 jobs in February, with the majority of the job gains coming in Ontario. Canada’s monthly jobless rate stayed at 5.8 per cent and Ontario’s held steady at 5.7 per cent, as more people participated in the labour market.
In the last year, Canada’s total employment has grown by 369,000, with Ontario accounting for 192,000 job gains.
“There still seem to be lots of jobs advertised,” said Jill Halyk, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie. “Employers say they are still having trouble filling positions and don’t have enough applicants.”
Halyk said that the recent EmployerOne community survey showed that local employers are trying to be more creative in recruiting job applicants, beyond posting online ads.
“Companies are taking a strategy of building their profile in the community by holding job fairs and doing more face-to-face connections,” she said.
Some of the jobs most in-demand are in skilled trades, manufacturing, warehousing/logistics and transportation and equipment operators. The majority of those jobs are full time, Halyk said.
The Workforce Planning Board is one of 26 non-profit organizations funded through the Government of Ontario that play a leadership role in labour force planning.
Canada’s February job surge followed an even bigger gain of 66,800 positions in January. The back-to-back results gave Canada its strongest two-month stretch of job creation since the spring of 2012 – and its best two-month start to a year since 1981.
Even with the increase, the unemployment rate held firm last month at 5.8 per cent as more people hunted for work, the agency said.
The addition last month of 67,400 full-time jobs more than offset a loss of 11,600 part-time positions, the data showed. Statistics Canada said the number of more desirable employee positions in the private sector climbed by 31,800 last month, while public sector jobs rose 8.900. The number of self-employed increased by 15,100.
Overall, the employment increase was led by a gain of 46,200 positions in the services sector, largely concentrated in the categories of professional, scientific and technical services, public administration and whole sale and retail trade.
The goods-producing sectors added 9,500 new positions following job gains in natural resources, agriculture and manufacturing.
— With files from Canadian Press
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