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Workforce Demographics

The Windsor-Essex Region's offers many companies locating here available and adaptable regional workforce. Windsor-Essex is one of the most diverse communities in Canada, with over 70 different languages spoken and over 150 ethnic origins represented.  Italian is the third most commonly spoken language after English and French. 

Windsor CMA  Labour Market Figures - January 2017*

  January 2017 December 2016
Population 283,400 283,200
Labour Force 171,600 171,400
   Employment 162,300 161,800
   Unemployment 9,300 9,700
Participation Rate 60.6% 60.5%
Unemployment Rate 5.4% 5.7%
Employment Rate 57.3% 57.1%

Released  January 6, 2017

* The table reflects a seasonally adjusted 3-month moving average. The full table may be found here: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/71-001-x/2013005/t014-eng.htm

Employment by Industry

Manufacturing Recovery Continues

Despite the fact that output in the region’s manufacturing sector shrank by a total of nearly 40 per cent between 2001 and 2009, it still remains the census metropolitan area’s largest industry.

This sector is twice as large as the next biggest industry—non-commercial services.  The fact that manufacturing output has expanded for five straight years is obviously good news for the region’s economy and is a key driver behind the area’s recovery. Specifically, manufacturing output increased by an average of 4.4 per cent per year from 2010 to 2014.

The auto sector, remains an important component of the region’s manufacturing industry, has been benefitting from rising vehicle sales in the key U.S. market as well as in Canada.  In particular, the Windsor-built Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan have been selling well south of the border.  Additionally, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) completed a $2-billion renovation of its Windsor assembly plant in preparation for the start of production on a new minivan model. All in all, the Conference Board of Canada expects local manufacturing output to expand by 2.8 per cent in 2015 and by 2.5 per cent in 2016.

Sector 2013 2014 2015*

2016*

Total Employment 155,000 155,000 160,000 160,000
Goods Sector 43,000 44,000 42,000 43,000
Manufacturing 31,400 32,900 29,800 32,700
Construction 8,300 8,300 9,600 8,100
Primary and Utilities 3,000 2,300 2,600 2,600
Services  Sector 112,000 112,000 118,000 117,000
Transportation and Warehousing 6,700 8,300 7,600 8,800
Information and Cultural Industries 1,800 2,100 1,800 1,900
Wholesale and Retail Trade 22,300 22,100 23,300 24,300
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 8,900 6,100 6,400 5,800
Business Services 12,200 11,700 12,700 11,800
Personal Services 21,100 23,600 27,500 24,400
Non-Commercial Services 34,200 33,400 34,300 35,200
Public Administration 4,900 4,500 4,300 4,800

* Forecast data
Source:  Statistics Canada; Conference Board of Canada (
Metropolitan Outlook 2: Economic Insights Into 15 Canadian Metropolitan Economies - 2015)

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