November 2020 job market helped by holiday hiring

November 2020’s job market in Brantford Brant got a boost with holiday hiring.

Hiring for part-time jobs helped Brantford’s unemployment rate fall to 6.6% in November, down from October’s 7.2% mark, according to Statistics Canada figures.

Canada’s November jobless rate fell to 8.5%, while Ontario’s declined to 9.1%, but in both cases the job growth slowed compared to previous months.

Sixty-three per cent of Brantford residents, ages 15 and over, were employed in November – higher than in the Hamilton, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, St. Catharines-Niagara and London metropolitan areas.

But even though Brantford’s job market appears better off compared to elsewhere, it is still weaker than pre-pandemic times and pales in comparison to November 2019’s record-low 3.1% unemployment.

“As we enter the holiday season, it’s good news to see more people in our community working,” said Danette Dalton, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie.

“This is the season to remember those who aren’t as fortunate. Compared to this time last year, there are several thousand more residents not working. 2020 has been a tough year for many families and many people still feel their job situation is precarious.”

November 2020 job numbers showed that mployment growth over the last few months has been in part-time work, especially for women. Women have lost ground in full-time work, while the number of men working full time has remained steady.

More than 500 businesses advertised Brantford jobs in November on the Workforce Planning Board’s Grand Erie Jobs board. Top occupations were retail salesperson, material handler, other customer service representatives, home support workers, light duty cleaners and registered nurses.

Grand Erie Jobs regularly scans more than dozen online job boards looking for jobs in Brantford and surrounding communities. “Grand Erie Jobs is a one-stop source for local openings and a great resource for anyone looking for work or exploring career options,” Danette said.

Read Statistics Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey news release for November 2020.

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