Manitoba's Strategic Advantages: Labour Force


As of April 2018, there were 689,500 Manitobans employed. In 2017, the majority of employment was found within the services-producing sector, followed by the goods-producing and health care/social assistance sectors respectively. More information can be found on our Economic Analysis and Research website.

 

Unemployment Rate

Manitoba’s unemployment rate is averaging 6.0%, fourth among provinces and above the 5.9% national average. In 2017, Manitoba’s unemployment rate was 5.4%, second lowest behind British Columbia. The youth unemployment rate was 11.7%, third among provinces. (Source)

 

Job Tenure

Manitoba's workforce is known for its strong work ethic, quality and dedication. Job tenure is one reasonable measure of work ethic and general quality of employees. As the following figures indicate, Manitoba does very well in relation to the Canadian average.

Job Tenure: Average Tenure (months)

 
2017
CANADA
103.4
New Brunswick
115.8
Saskatchewan
112.3
Nova Scotia
109.9
Manitoba
109.1
Prince Edward Island
109.0
Quebec
107.6
Newfoundland and Labrador
105.0
Ontario
104.6
British Columbia
97.2
Alberta
91.4

Source: Statistics Canada, Table 14-10-0055-01

 

Union Coverage by Province, 2015

CANADA
30%
Newfoundland and Labrador
38%
Quebec
39%
Manitoba
35%
Saskatchewan
33%
Prince Edward Island
32%
British Columbia
30%
Nova Scotia
31%
New Brunswick
29%
Ontario
27%
Alberta
22%

Source: Statistics Canada

 

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