Labour Market Snapshot – May 2022

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Labour Force Characteristics

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0380-01 Labour force characteristics, three-month moving average, seasonally adjusted
Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0380-01 Labour force characteristics, three-month moving average, seasonally adjusted

Employment and Unemployment

Labour Force CharacteristicsGeographyDecember 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022April 2022May 2022Month-Over-Month Change
Employment (x1,000)Hamilton412.2415.6415.1412.2412.0414.32.3
Unemployment (x1,000)Hamilton25.424.122.923.222.622.2-0.4
Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0380-01 Labour force characteristics, three-month moving average, seasonally adjusted
Labour Force Characteristics GeographyDecember 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022April 2022May 2022Month-Over-Month Change
Employment (x1,000)Ontario7,585.17,573.17,606.87,634.77,716.07,733.117.1
Unemployment (x1,000)Ontario538.0539.8514.0490.0440.9439.7-1.2
Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0380-01 Labour force characteristics, three-month moving average, seasonally adjusted

Almost halfway into 2022, Canada is seeing a promising – but delicate – recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. A tightening labour market and decreasing unemployment rate of 5.4% in Ontario has further expedited Canada’s labour market growth. With this said, Ontario saw an influx of 17,100 new workers in May 2022. This increase is accompanied by a decrease of 1,200 unemployed persons. As of May, there were a total of 7,733,100 employed persons in Ontario. Socio-economic influences such as the war in Ukraine, supply chain disruptions, and rising inflation levels have put pressure on Canada’s recovering economy but so far Canada has buffered these economic disruptions.

Similarly, Hamilton gained 2,300 new workers in May 2022, with a total of 414,300 employed persons. The region saw a decrease of 400 unemployed persons in May. Moreover, with the unemployment decreasing by 0.1%, 5.1% in May, the forecast for Hamilton’s labour market is optimistic. However, rising inflation levels may stifle Hamilton’s labour market growth in the medium-term.     

Industries

Top 5 Declining Industries, Ontario, Change from April to May (thousands)

IndustryChange from April to May 2022
Real estate and rental and leasing-12.3
Other services (except public admin)-6.8
Manufacturing-6.1
Wholesale trade-6
Agriculture-0.4
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey

Top 5 Growing Industries, Ontario, Change from April to May (thousands)

IndustryChange from April to May 2022
Retail trade+30.1
Accommodation and food services+23.8
Business, building and other support services+23.2
Professional, scientific and technical services+17.5
Public administration+16.3
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey

Compared to last month, Ontario’s top 5 declining industries in May 2022 were: 1) Real estate and rental and leasing; 2) Other services (except public admin); 3) Manufacturing; 4) Wholesale trade; and 5) Agriculture. As the Canadian housing market cools offs after cresting last summer, housing market corrections have shifted the real estate sector. Real estate and rental and leasing saw the largest decline in growth, losing 12,300 persons. The second industry to see the biggest decline in growth was other services (excluding public admin), losing 6,800 workers. Third, manufacturing saw a decline of 6,100 workers in May as well.

The top 5 growing industries in May 2022 were: 1) Retail trade; 2) Accommodation and food services; 3) Business, building and other support services; 4) Professional, scientific and technical services; and 5) Public administration. Unsurprisingly, retail trade has seen a rebound as the Canadian economy continues to recover from the pandemic, gaining 30,100 new workers in May. Likewise, the accommodation and food services sector also saw a rebound of 23,800 workers gained. The business, building and other support services sector further experienced growth in May – gaining 23,200 new workers.

Forecasts for the subsequent months are optimistic for Ontario, and by extension Hamilton, as Canada pulls itself out of the economic ramifications from the Covid-19 pandemic. Although, with rising inflation levels, a fast-cooling housing market, the war in Ukraine, and other economic disruptions, Canada’s recovery will be fragile with many labour market dynamics in play.

Monthly snapshots will be released every second Friday of each month.

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