Manitoba Labour Market Information (LMI) by Region:

Central


Central

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Labour Force Characteristics
Dec-16
Population (x 1,000) (3)
85,700
Labour force (x 1,000) (4)
55,400
Employment (x 1,000) (5)
53,700
Unemployment rate (percent) (10)
3.1
Participation rate (percent) (11)
64.6

Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 202-0122
  1. Altona
  2. Carman
  3. Morden
  4. Portage La Prairie
  5. Winkler

Labour Force Characteristics (Source: Labour Force Survey, 2016) Purple arrow click to open

Note: Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey combines data for the South Central and North Central Regions due to the small population and sample size in each region. This data does not include on-reserve populations.

Between 2012 and 2016, the working age population in the Central region increased by 4.1 per cent. Over the same period the labour force increased by 2,700 or 5.0 per cent, while the participation rate increased to 65.8, below the average for the province (67.6%).

In 2016, the unemployment rate in the Central region in Manitoba increased by 0.1 percentage points from the previous year and sat at 4.1 per cent, the lowest in the province.

Of the 53,900 persons employed in 2016, 43,000 persons or 79.8 per cent were in full-time positions.

 Labour Force Characteristics (population 15 and over) - Central

 

2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Population
53,500
56,400
57,200
57,100
56,200
Labour force
51,800
54,500
55,100
54,800
53,900
Employment
41,700
42,400
44,800
44,700
43,000
Full-time employment
10,100
12,200
10,200
10,100
10,900
Part-time employment 
1,700
1,800
2,200
2,300
2,300
Unemployment
28,400
26,300
26,300
27,400
29,200
Not in labour force
3,200
3,200
3,800
4,000
4,100
Unemployment rate (%)
65.3
68.3
68.5
67.7
65.8
Participation Rate (%)
63.2
66
66
64.9
63.1
Employment Rate (%)
53.5
56.4
57.2
57.1
56.2
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0123


Employment by Occupational Group Purple arrow click to open

In 2016, 53,900 people were employed in the Central region.

The occupation groups (NOC-S) employing the highest number of people in 2016 were:

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations (9,500 people)
  • Sales and service occupations (9,100 people)
  • Management occupations (7,400 people)

Between 2012 and 2016, the occupation groups with the largest per cent change in employment were:

  • Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services (39.2%)
  • Natural and applied sciences and related occupations (35.7%)
  • Health occupations (23.7%)
Central – Employment by Occupational Groups (NOC-S, 2011)
 
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Total employed, all occupations
51,800
54,500
55,100
54,800
53,900
Management occupations 
8,100
8,400
8,100
8,300
7,400
Business, finance and administrative occupations
5,700
5,900
6,300
6,600
6,300
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
1,400
1,500
2,100
1,700
1,900
Health occupations 
3,800
4,700
4,100
3,700
4,700
Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion
5,100
5,800
6,400
6,300
7,100
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
1,000
700
800
700
1,100
Sales and service occupations
11,000
10,400
10,900
9,800
9,100
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 
8,700
10,500
10,000
10,200
9,500
Occupations unique to primary industry 
2,400
3,000
2,700
2,400
2,300
Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities
4,500
3,700
3,600
5,100
4,500
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0157


Employment by Industry Purple arrow click to open

In 2015, 64.4 per cent of people were employed in the service-producing sector compared to 35.6 per cent in the goods-producing sector.

The top three industries (NAICS) based on the number of people employed were:

  • Health care and social; assistance (8,500 people)
  • Manufacturing (8,300 people)
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade (6,500 people)

Between 2012 and 2016, the industries with the largest per cent change increase in employment were:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (70.0%)
  • Business, building and other support services (22.2%)
  • Educational services (20.6%)
Central – Employment by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
 
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Total employed, all industries
51,800
54,500
55,100
54,800
53,900
Goods-producing sector
17,900
19,600
18,900
20,600
19,200
Agriculture
6,600
7,600
6,600
6,900
6,400
Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas
x
x
x
x
x
Utilities
x
500
600
x
x
Construction
3,400
3,700
4,200
4,300
4,000
Manufacturing 
7,300
7,600
7,400
9,000
8,300
Services-producing sector
33,900
3500
36,200
34,100
34,700
Wholesale and retail trade
7,600
7,900
8,300
7,000
6,500
Transportation and warehousing
2,700
3000
2,900
2,500
3,200
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing
1,700
1,800
2,100
1,900
1,900
Professional, scientific and technical services 
1,000
900
1,000
1,600
1,700
Business, building and other support services
900
1,200
1,200
700
1,100
Educational services
3,400
3,600
4,700
5,200
4,100
Health care and social assistance
7,700
8,300
7,500
7,000
8,500
Information, culture and recreation
1,200
900
1,100
1,300
1,100
Accommodation and food services
2,800
2,700
2,600
2,500
2,300
Other services
2,300
2,300
2,700
2,600
2,200
Public administration
2,400
2,300
2,300
1,900
2,100
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0125
Note: X – Suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act

* South Central and North Central have been combined in the Statistics Canada tables



Job Vacancies and Wages Purple arrow click to open

Statistic Canada’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS) estimates the number of payroll employees in the South Central region at 23,980 and the number of job vacancies at 435 in the third quarter of 2016, resulting in a job vacancy rate of 1.8% per cent. Compared to the previous quarter, payroll employment increased by 350 (0.1%), while job vacancies increased by 35 (8.8%), resulting in an increase in job vacancy rate by 0.1 percentage points. Average hourly wages offered for vacancies in the region were $15.70, down $0.70 from the previous quarter.

The North Central region had 15,550 payroll employees and 300 job vacancies in the same time period, bringing the job vacancy rate to 1.9%. Compared to the previous quarter, payroll employment decreased by 130 (0.1%), while job vacancies decreased by 30 (6.3%), resulting in an increase in job vacancy rate by 0.7 percentage points. Average hourly wages offered for vacancies in the region were $14.95, down $0.60 from the previous quarter.



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