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Labour market

The interaction between people available and looking for work and those seeking to find persons willing to work at the market wage rate.

Key highlights

  • In the first quarter of 2020, labour market conditions in Peel deteriorated in response to the economic shutdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.
  • Quarterly average labour force and employment declined for the first time in eleven quarters.
  • The decline in employment was due to a sharp fall in part-time positions and concentrated mainly in the youth (15-24 years) segment of the market.
  • The decline in employment continued into the second quarter of 2020 and will likely result in more unemployed residents and higher unemployment rate in upcoming quarters.

Labour Market conditions in Peel worsened in the first quarter of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 induced economic shutdown which started in the second week of March.

In response, many Peel residents left the labour market (decline in labour force) while others lost employment opportunities (decline in employment) as follows:

Employment rate

Employment rate is the number of employed persons in a particular age group expressed as a percentage of the population in that age group.

Peel’s quarterly average employment for adults 15 years and over, and 25 years and over, declined in the first quarter of 2020.

There was a relatively sharp decline in the employment rate for youth (15 – 24 years) as many in that age cohort are likely to be in part-time and temperory positions, who lost jobs or left the labour market following the COVID-19 economic shutdown.

Participation rate

Participation rate is the total labour force in a particular age group, expressed as a percentage of the population in that age group.

Employment by sector

27, 500 positions were lost in the goods-producing sector in the first quarter of 2020, which amounts to a net 15.4 per cent decline in employment in the goods producing sector, extending the long-term shift in Peel’s labour market towards the service sector.

Lower employment in goods producing was mainly the result of a decline of 19,600 jobs in the manufacturing sector (-15.7 per cent) and 10,100 jobs in the construction sector (-20.0 per cent).

Employment in the service sector increased by 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2020. Higher employment in finance, insurance, real estate and leasing (30.0 per cent) and trade (8.7 per cent) outweighed the declines in some service sub-sectors such as accommodation and food services (-29.2 per cent) and educational services (-22.8 per cent).

Employment by type

Early impact of the economic shutdown in Peel was completely on part-time employment, which has been increasing in recent years.

This suggests that part-time employees were the first type of workers that were laid off (in March) due to business closures associated with the shutdown

Full-time employment increased by 5.0 per cent in the first quarter of 2020, while part-time employment fell by 24.4 per cent.

More widespread declines in both full-time and part-time employment are likely in upcoming quarters when the full impact of the COVID-19 shutdown is reflected in all three months of the quarter – not one month as in the first quarter (January – March) of 2020.

1 Quarterly labour market statistics are all measures in quarterly averages.