So, I started talking about the monthly jobs reports not long after I became Mayor. Last months’ was really unchanged – December unemployment was 5.2% in the Barrie Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), which is the 2nd lowest in Ontario, and less than half what it was two years ago.
However – we are often asked: yeah, but how many of those jobs are part time and how many are full time. Our Business Development department pulled out some stats (one of the staff calls this “spending some time in the nerdery” – she’s awesome). Here’s the answer on that issue: the proportion of jobs that are part time or full time held by people in the Barrie CMA has pretty much not changed in almost 20 years.
Average proportion of jobs that were part-time, Barrie CMA, 1996-2005 = 19.8%
Average proportion of jobs that were part-time, Barrie CMA, 2006-2013 = 19.6%
Source is Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 1996-2013. See snazzy chart below.