Employment remains in the region

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For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate in Brantford and Brant rose after more people entered the workforce.

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The November unemployment rate for Brantford and Brant County is estimated at 7.6%, down from 7.2% in October, according to a Statistics Canada survey of residents from November 7 to 13.

The rise in the unemployment rate was due to the entry of 500 more people into the labor market, not overall job losses, as the local employment rate remained stable at 61.7 percent in November. .

The unemployment rate in Norfolk in November was 8.9%, up from 9.6% in October.

Across Canada, employment increased by a staggering 154,000 jobs, dropping the national monthly unemployment rate to 6%. Nearly half of the job gains were in Ontario, which added 68,000 jobs and saw its unemployment rate drop to 6.4 percent – the lowest since the pre-pandemic of February 2020.

The local workforce has increased by 1,300 people since September, while the number of people working has remained unchanged.

“It is seen as a good sign when people re-enter or re-enter the workforce,” said Danette Dalton, Executive Director of the Workforce Planning Board. “But it might take time for these new job seekers to find a job that matches their skills and experience.”

Employment increased locally in several industries, primarily in retail trade, which has posted job gains of 1,600 since September. These gains were offset by job losses in other industries, particularly in manufacturing.

Job losses have been most pronounced for young workers, aged 15 to 24, but figures suggest many have left full-time work in the past two months to attend school.

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In recent months, employment has declined for men aged 45 and over, but increased for men aged 25 to 44.

Women’s employment has been more stable, with the exception of a lower number of working women aged 15 to 24, in part due to the return to school of some. Enrollment in post-secondary programs is higher among women.

There were about 3,200 new jobs listed in November on Grand Erie Jobs, the job board run by the Planning Council. The position n ° 1 posted was that of material handler, followed by general agricultural worker. Many farmers are trying to recruit workers in the fall for work starting next spring.

Other most in-demand jobs include retail salespeople, home helpers, cooks, customer service representatives, nurses, and retail managers.

The Workforce Planning Board is one of 26 not-for-profit organizations in Ontario that play a leadership role in workforce planning. The council is funded in part by the federal and provincial governments.

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