Number of Windsor-Essex Businesses Grows

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blackburn News/By Adelle Loiselle

The latest labour market report from Workforce WindsorEssex shows a 5% increase in the number of businesses across the region this year.

The organization released the report Monday. It details where job growth is taking place and provides that information to the unemployed.

The report says the number of businesses grew by 1,148 in the past year for a total of 22,934. The greatest growth was in mining, oil and gas extraction which grew by 64.2%. The number of arts and entertainment businesses grew by 30.8%, and utilities by 25%. The number of businesses in the information and cultural industry shrank by 34%.

Executive Director Tanya Antoniw says there are still hundreds of skilled trades jobs unfilled, and a report due in March will address that issue. “Anecdotally, we have been hearing it from predominately employers in the mould/tool/die/machining sector, the agri-business sector for certain skill sets and then also information communication technology,” she says. “Workforce WindsorEssex with our partners will be launching an Employer One survey in January 2015 where we’ll be going out and talking to employers to get some concrete data in terms of how many positions, what are those hard to fill positions and what training is required.”

While the labour market in Windsor-Essex shrunk by 13,700 since January 2007, there are signs it’s recovering. The report says the number of workers returning to the region is up 3,000 since July 2011.