Reminders

Work 2007

Work: 2007 Archive

The ability to find work that pays a living wage is an important attribute of any community.

Supplementary Local and National Comparison Information
Note: Unless otherwise indicated, references to "Kitchener" refer to the Kitchener Census Metropolitan Area (CMA).

The Unemployment Rate is a measure of how many of the working-age population are looking for work but are unable to find employment.

Unemployment Rate, April 2007

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Waterloo Region: 5.7 %
London: 5.6 %
Hamilton: 6.1 %
Windsor: 9.4 %

Source: Economic Trend Analysis, CTT, November 2006

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The Participation Rate is the proportion of all working-age people who are employed or looking for work.

Participation Rate, April 2007

Waterloo Region: 70.5 %
London: 68.8 %
Hamilton: 67.0 %
Windsor: 63.7 %

Source: Economic Trend Analysis, CTT, November 2006

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The Increase in the Employment Level is an indicator over time of how well a community is doing at absorbing new workers into the workforce, and of how attractive the community is to workers.

% Employment Change, 1996-2005

Waterloo Region: 26 %
Windsor: 15.6 %
London: 19.8 %
Hamilton: 20.6 %

Source: Economic Trend Analysis, CTT, November 2006

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Part-Time Workers often get lower wages, fewer benefits, and lack job security.

Part-Time Workers as Share of
All Workers (%), 2006

Waterloo Region: 17.9 %
Toronto: 15.7 %
Ottawa: 19.1 %
Sudbury: 19.2

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, available by special request program A050720

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Median Hourly Earnings is a measure of how well our workers are paid for every hour they work.

Median Hourly Earnings, 2006

Waterloo Region: $19.82
Guelph: $18.00
Sudbury: $20.07
Toronto: $21.10
Ottawa: $24.00

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, special request A050717

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Total Income is a measure of earnings from work, government transfers, and all other sources.

Median Total Income, 2005

Waterloo Region:
  • Couples - $77,990
  • Lone Parents - $34,000
  • Individuals - $29,800
London:
  • Couples - $73,800
  • Lone Parents - $31,000
  • Individuals - $28,000
Hamilton:
  • Couples - $77,500
  • Lone Parents - $32,900
  • Individuals - $28,800
Windsor:
  • Couples - $79,100
  • Lone Parents - $29,700
  • Individuals - $28,700

Source: Statistics Canada, http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/070529/d070529e.htm and
http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/070531/d070531b.htm

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Weeks of Work for Tuition is a measure that relates minimum wage income (before taxes and mandatory deductions) to the cost of university education.

Weeks at Minimum Wage for First
Year Arts Tuition, 2006

Graph:

Waterloo Region: 18.6
London: 15.9
Windsor: 16.8
Hamilton: 17.6

Source: University Websites, Ontario Minimum Wage

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