Brantford-Brant unemployment rate holds steady at 4.9 per cent

While March saw the provincial unemployment rate climb to 6.7 per cent, Brantford-Brant held steady at a jobless rate of 4.9 per cent, according to the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie.

While “we would have liked to see more job growth,” local employment numbers “held steady” despite the population increasing by “replacing workers leaving the workforce with new people,” Danette Dalton, the workforce planning board’s executive director, wrote in a press release.

Of the nearly 2,000 current job postings on their board, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, and retail are the area’s industries with the most openings.

Brant Community Healthcare System has an additional 64 active job postings on their website.

The need for health-care and social assistance workers isn’t exclusive to Brantford-Brant though — in their labour force survey for March, Statistics Canada noted that while employment has increased in that industry, it still accounts for more than 20 per cent of job vacancies industry-wide in the country.

Celeste Percy-Beauregard’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. The funding allows her to report on stories about Brant County. Reach her at cpercybeauregard@torstar.ca.

Celeste Percy-Beauregard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator