The city's unemployment rate continues to decline

News Nov 14, 2017 by Victoria Gray Brant News

The city's employment rate grew in October for the fourth month in a row, pushing the jobless rate down.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie released it's monthly job numbers last Friday that report Brantford’s unemployment rate was 5.3 per cent last month, down 0.2 per cent from September, according Statistics Canada.

“The employment outlook continues to be strong,” said Jill Halyk, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board. “We are hearing from many local businesses that they are in desperate need of qualified workers and they simply aren’t getting applicants.”

An estimated 73,000 people were working in Brantford in October.

Since July, about 4,800 more people found jobs in the area. A larger portion of that growth was full-time work.

Halyk said there is plenty of evidence that businesses want to hire because companies are advertising openings in multiple ways, including roadside signs.

“Companies are doing whatever they can to invite applicants to submit resumes. For individuals unsure if they have the skills employers want, we encourage them to visit our community’s employment services. These organizations can help people identify their skills and qualifications, and connect them to employers,” she said.

About 500 local jobs were posted online last month, according to TalentNeuron data purchased by the Workforce Planning Board. The top postings were for drivers, customer service representatives, labourers and sales associates.

The national unemployment rate climbed 0.1 per cent to 6.3 per cent in October, despite the fact that 35,000 more people were working.

Ontario’s monthly jobless rate rose to 5.9 per cent, attributed to more people searching for work.

The Workforce Planning Board is one of 26 nonprofit organizations funded by the provincial government to play a role in labour force planning.

The city's unemployment rate continues to decline

More employers are looking to hire in Brantford

News Nov 14, 2017 by Victoria Gray Brant News

The city's employment rate grew in October for the fourth month in a row, pushing the jobless rate down.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie released it's monthly job numbers last Friday that report Brantford’s unemployment rate was 5.3 per cent last month, down 0.2 per cent from September, according Statistics Canada.

“The employment outlook continues to be strong,” said Jill Halyk, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board. “We are hearing from many local businesses that they are in desperate need of qualified workers and they simply aren’t getting applicants.”

An estimated 73,000 people were working in Brantford in October.

Since July, about 4,800 more people found jobs in the area. A larger portion of that growth was full-time work.

Halyk said there is plenty of evidence that businesses want to hire because companies are advertising openings in multiple ways, including roadside signs.

“Companies are doing whatever they can to invite applicants to submit resumes. For individuals unsure if they have the skills employers want, we encourage them to visit our community’s employment services. These organizations can help people identify their skills and qualifications, and connect them to employers,” she said.

About 500 local jobs were posted online last month, according to TalentNeuron data purchased by the Workforce Planning Board. The top postings were for drivers, customer service representatives, labourers and sales associates.

The national unemployment rate climbed 0.1 per cent to 6.3 per cent in October, despite the fact that 35,000 more people were working.

Ontario’s monthly jobless rate rose to 5.9 per cent, attributed to more people searching for work.

The Workforce Planning Board is one of 26 nonprofit organizations funded by the provincial government to play a role in labour force planning.

The city's unemployment rate continues to decline

More employers are looking to hire in Brantford

News Nov 14, 2017 by Victoria Gray Brant News

The city's employment rate grew in October for the fourth month in a row, pushing the jobless rate down.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie released it's monthly job numbers last Friday that report Brantford’s unemployment rate was 5.3 per cent last month, down 0.2 per cent from September, according Statistics Canada.

“The employment outlook continues to be strong,” said Jill Halyk, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board. “We are hearing from many local businesses that they are in desperate need of qualified workers and they simply aren’t getting applicants.”

An estimated 73,000 people were working in Brantford in October.

Since July, about 4,800 more people found jobs in the area. A larger portion of that growth was full-time work.

Halyk said there is plenty of evidence that businesses want to hire because companies are advertising openings in multiple ways, including roadside signs.

“Companies are doing whatever they can to invite applicants to submit resumes. For individuals unsure if they have the skills employers want, we encourage them to visit our community’s employment services. These organizations can help people identify their skills and qualifications, and connect them to employers,” she said.

About 500 local jobs were posted online last month, according to TalentNeuron data purchased by the Workforce Planning Board. The top postings were for drivers, customer service representatives, labourers and sales associates.

The national unemployment rate climbed 0.1 per cent to 6.3 per cent in October, despite the fact that 35,000 more people were working.

Ontario’s monthly jobless rate rose to 5.9 per cent, attributed to more people searching for work.

The Workforce Planning Board is one of 26 nonprofit organizations funded by the provincial government to play a role in labour force planning.