Economic Analysis & Research:

Manitoba Employment by Industry


Manitoba's diversified economy, with a blend of five goods and eleven services sectors, positioned the Province for stable employment growth in 2016.

Manitoba Employment by NAICS Industry (000s), 2016 Purple arrow click to open

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Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0125

In Manitoba, of the 633,600 persons employed in 2016, 151,300 (23.9%) were employed in goods-producing sector while 482,300 (76.1%) were employed in service-producing industries.

Annual percentage changes in employment for Manitoba industries highlight recent short term growth or decline in employment by specific industry. Between 2015 and 2016, employment in the goods-producing increased by 0.6 per cent, while the services-producing sector saw a decrease of 1.3 per cent.


Manitoba Employment by Industry (2015 to 2016 % Change) Purple arrow click to open

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Green = goods producing sector; Blue = Service producing sector
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0125


Manitoba Employment by Industry (2012 to 2016 % Change) Purple arrow click to open

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Green = goods producing sector; Blue = Service producing sector
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0125  

Between 2015 and 2016, the highest employment growth was in the Utilities sector (19.3%), followed by Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas (12.3%). This sector had experienced a significant decrease in employment levels in the previous year.

Among service sector industries, the industries that experienced employment growth between 2015 and 2016 include:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (8.7%),
  • Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (4.0%),
  • Information, culture and recreation (3.1%), and
  • Accommodation and food services (0.7%).

These increases were offset by decreases in transportation and warehousing (-7.6%), public administration (-4.7%), educational services (-4.0%), other services (except public administration) (-3.1%), wholesale and retail trade (-2.9%), business, building and other support services (-2.7%) and health care and social assistance (-0.3%).
Most of the employment growth in the last five years has been in the following industries: Utilities; Agriculture; Educational services, and Health care and social assistance.

Analyzing the percentage change in employment for Manitoba industries over a longer term highlights historical growth or decline in employment by specific industry, and assists with understanding broader trends in employment across industry sectors. Between 2007 and 2016, the employment level in Manitoba increased by 6.9 per cent. 12 out of 16 sectors have experienced employment growth during this period, reflecting provincial economic growth that is highly diverse. The four sectors with the largest percentage growth in Manitoba over this period included: Utilities (76.8%), Construction (41.4%), Health care and social assistance (28.5%), Other services (except public administration) (15.0%) and Professional, scientific and technical services (10%).  Industries that saw a decrease in employment are: agriculture; public administration; Manufacturing; Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing; and Information, culture and recreation. Employment in the services-producing sector as a whole increased 7.3 per cent, while employment in the goods-producing sector increased by 5.8 per cent.


Employment by Occupational Groups Purple arrow click to open

In 2015, the top five occupation groups (NOC) for employed Manitobans were sales and service occupations (23.5%), trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations (15.9%), business, finance and administrative occupations (15.3%), occupations in education, law and social, community and government services (12.5%) and health occupations (8.8%).

Manitoba Employment by Occupational Group (NOC-S, 2011), 2016


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Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0157

The occupation groups that saw the largest percentage increase in employment between 2015 and 2016 include:

  • Occupations in manufacturing and utilities (8.4%)
  • Natural and applied sciences and related occupations (6.5%)
  • Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations (6.3%)

Employment levels decreased in Management occupations (-5.7%); Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations (-4.5%); Occupations in art, culture and recreation (-3.6%); Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services (-1.9%); Health occupations (-0.9%); and Sales and service occupations (-0.7%).



Employment by NOC skill type Purple arrow click to open

Manitoba - Employment by 1-Digit National Occupational Classification (NOC) Codes, 2016

 
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Total, all occupations
621,600
625,800
626,500
636,200
633,600
Management occupations
62,200
59,300
58,500
58,300
55,000
Business, finance and administrative occupations 
99,900
93,100
96,100
97,100
100,200
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
31,500
34,700
34,200
33,600
35,800
Health occupations
50,000
51,500
53,700
55,800
55,300
Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion
69,300
71,300
77,600
79,600
78,100
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
13,500
15,500
13,400
13,900
13,400
Sales and service occupations
151,400
152,000
144,700
149,200
148,100
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
95,300
100,100
98,100
101,200
96,600
Occupations unique to primary industry
13,600
15,400
15,000
14,300
15,200
Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities
34,900
32,900
35,100
33,200
36,000
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0157

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