Employment rate rises in Manitoba in 2007
After being stable in recent years, Manitoba's employment rate climbed more rapidly in the last two years to reach 66.4% in 2007, its highest level in 32 years. Since the most recent upward trend began in 1997, employment has grown by an average of 1.3% per year.
Employment in the province was up 1.6% (+9,500) in 2007. The goods-producing sector enjoyed the biggest increase, with gains in manufacturing and construction. In the services-producing sector, gains in public administration were partially offset by losses in retail trade.
Manitoba's unemployment rate has consistently been at or below the national rate. In 2007, it edged up 0.1 percentage points to 4.4%. The participation rate climbed 0.6 percentage points in 2007 to 69.4%, its highest level in more than three decades.
Employment rates in Manitoba, 1976 to 2007
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0002.
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