Your interesting stat of the week

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.

Part Time_full Time Emp Chart


About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.


3 Responses to “Your interesting stat of the week”
  1. Concerned citizen says:

    Here are the facts. Over the last 10 years. Jobs have gone from full time to part time with no benefits. The average income of a typical barrieite is less than 2k a month. That is with your property tax of over $500 month, high water fees and electrical prices. Also we have to consider the average mortage since the average home is over valued by at least a 100k if not more. This and the saturation of low wage paying part time jobs, is why the population is in fact in decline and no amount of false “stats” will be able to spin the truth. Yes, the town has faced economic hard times like any other small town in Ontario. However, the over zealousness of a few NiMbYs from a few private citizens here have hurt us greatly by showing our city is not open for business and that has had a negative effect where we are all now paying the price via our property taxes just for the idiology of a few.

    Charging more for parking or charging for the water front will not solve this but in fact make the problem worse as it drives away one of the very last industries here which is tourism.

    Building massive amount of houses to spin figure to access funding also makes things worse. In order to solve this we have to do the right thing and stand up to the few for the sake of the majority and this city. We have to leverage our new land and start bringing in real industry and thus real jobs here such as wind, solar and ethanol. That means growing a back bone and removing the red tape that would stop them coming here.

  2. Jane Blogs says:

    I read Dominics post and he is correct. Wind turbines are allowed and there is a wind turbine on that school. I agree with him and it is an excellent idea that wind turbines and solar panels should be a part of every new home

    • Jane Blogs says:

      So yes, wind turbines IS an industry. Not his low wage retail he obviously favor but ironically will never put his resume up for and no Barrie is not an Urban area, at least not yet thus wind turbines are legally allowed

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