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.

Chart C.9
Employment rates in Manitoba, 1976 to 2007

Chart C.9 Employment rates in Manitoba, 1976 to 2007

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0002.

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