A Workforce Planning Hamilton report says in the second quarter of 2015 there were cumulatively 6486 job postings. This represents a 30% increase over the second quarter of 2014. For the same time period, Hamilton’s Census Metropolitan Area (including Burlington and Grimsby) unemployment rate was an average of 5.2% while Canada’s was 6.8%. The unemployment rate has been on a steady decline since the start of 2015 and the number of job postings has consistently grown in the same period. This means that while more people in the labour force have jobs, there are still jobs that need to be filled which may indicate a shrinking labour force. A small labour force could be a result of more people staying in school, retiring or dropping out of the workforce because of little desire to work or beliefs that they can’t find a job.

The top five occupational groups accounted for 65% of all job postings. There was an increase of 1487 more job postings for all occupations in 2015’s second quarter over the second quarter of 2014. Most significantly, occupations in Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations had 66% more job postings in 2015’s second quarter than in 2014. This is an increase of 460 job postings. Sales and service occupations also saw a large gain in the number of job postings with 51% more jobs in the second quarter of 2015 than in the same time last year. This quarter is the first time that Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations had more postings than Sales and service occupation.

In the second quarter of 2015, there were 1445 employers represented among the job ads. 11% of job posts came from McMaster University, and 8% came from Shoppers Drug Mart and also the City of Hamilton.

Written by: John Best

John Best had enjoyed a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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