Manitoba Labour Market Information (LMI) by Region:

South West


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Labour Force Characteristics
Dec-16
Population (x 1,000) (3)
88,700
Labour force (x 1,000) (4)
56,900
Employment (x 1,000) (5)
53,900
Unemployment rate (percent) (10)
5.3
Participation rate (percent) (11)
64.1

Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 202-0122

  1. Boissevain
  2. Brandon
  3. Carberry
  4. Minnedosa
  5. Neepawa
  6. Virden


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

In 2016, the labour force participation rate for the working age population (age 15 and over) in the Southwest region was 64.9 per cent, lowest among Manitoba regions.

The unemployment rate was 5.7 per cent, up 1.7 percentage points from the previous year, but lower than the unemployment rate for Manitoba (6.1%) in 2016.

Of the 54,100 persons employed in 2016, 82.4 per cent were in full-time positions.

 Labour Force Characteristics (population 15 and over) - Southwest
 
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Population
86,400
87,000
87,500
87,900
88,500
Labour force
61,400
60,500
59,900
60,100
57,400
Employment
59,000
58,200
57,600
57,700
54,100
Full-time employment
47,400
46,900
46,400
46,600
44,600
Part-time employment 
11,600
11,300
11,200
11,100
9,500
Unemployment
2,500
2,300
2,300
2,400
3,300
Not in labour force
25,000
26,500
27,600
27,800
31,000
Unemployment rate (%)
4.1
3.8
3.8
4.0
5.7
Participation Rate (%)
71.1
69.5
68.5
68.4
64.9
Employment Rate (%)
68.3
66.9
65.8
65.6
61.1
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0123



Employment by Occupational Group Purple arrow click to open

In the Southwest region, there were 54,100 people employed in 2016.

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

  • Sales and service occupations (11,200 people)
  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations (8,500 people)
  • Management occupations (7,800 people)

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

  • Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport (-37.5%)
  • Occupations in manufacturing and utilities (-34.0%)
  • Natural and applied sciences and related occupations (23.1%)

Southwest - Employment by Occupation Group (NOC-S, 2011)

 
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Total employed, all occupations
56,000
58,000
57,100
56,300
54,100
Management occupations 
6,800
7,700
7,300
6,300
7,800
Business, finance and administrative occupations
7,700
7,300
8,400
7,800
7,100
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
2,700
2,400
2,500
2,800
1,600
Health occupations 
3,300
4,500
3,300
3,700
4,700
Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion
5,900
6,000
7,300
6,700
6,700
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
1,000
1,100
500
700
500
Sales and service occupations
11,600
11,100
9,500
9,700
11,200
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 
11,700
12,400
11,700
13,300
8,500
Occupations unique to primary industry 
2,500
3,200
3,600
2,200
2,700
Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities
2,900
2,400
2,900
3,100
3,300
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0157


Employment by Industry Purple arrow click to open

In the Southwest region 66.8 per cent of people were employed in the service-producing sector compared to 33.2 per cent in the goods-producing sector in 2016.

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

  • Health care and social assistance (8,800 people)
  • Wholesale and retail trade (7,400 people)
  • Agriculture (6,300 people)

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

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (-35.3%)
  • Manufacturing (-31.5%)
  • Business, building and other support services (-30.8%)

Southwest - Employment by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

 
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Total employed, all industries
56,000
58,000
57,100
56,300
54,100
Goods-producing sector
17,700
18,700
19,400
18,700
16,400
Agriculture
3,600
4,900
5,200
3,100
6,300
Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas
1,300
900
1,200
600
800
Utilities 
1,100
700
1,200
1,200
600
Construction 
6,300
6,600
6,400
7,700
3,600
Manufacturing 
5,400
5,600
5,400
6,100
5,000
Services-producing sector
38,300
39,300
37,700
37,600
35,700
Wholesale and retail trade
6,100
6,700
7,800
7,300
7,400
Transportation and warehousing
3,500
4,000
3,300
4,000
2,200
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing 
3,100
2,400
2,300
2,500
3,000
Professional, scientific and technical services 
1,700
2,400
1,800
1,700
1,100
Business, building and other support services
1,400
1,300
1,300
1,400
900
Educational services 
4,400
4,700
4,600
4,700
4,300
Health care and social assistance 
7,200
8,100
6,400
7,200
8,800
Information, culture and recreation
1,700
1,300
1,200
1,500
1,900
Accommodation and food services
2,600
2,500
2,100
2,200
3,100
Other services
3,300
3,000
3,300
2,500
2,300
Public administration 
3,300
3,100
3,500
2,600
2,700

Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 282-0125

Note: X - Suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act



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 Southwest region at 41,710 and the number of job vacancies at 755 in the third quarter of 2016, resulting in a job vacancy rate of 1.8 per cent. Compared to the previous quarter, payroll employment decreased by 1,940 (4.4%), while job vacancies decreased by 5 (0.7%), resulting in a slight increase in job vacancy rate by 0.1 percentage points. Average hourly wages offered for vacancies in the region were $16.25, down $1.80 from the previous quarter.


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