On April 20, 2015, I posted a blog about the healthy outlook for Halton’s economy, based on the results of Halton Region’s 2014 Economic Review. On Wednesday, April 29, another key annual report, the 2014 Employment Survey Results, was presented to Regional Council, providing more evidence of the region’s strong economy.
Halton Region’s 2014 Employment Survey Results report indicates that in 2014, Halton experienced an increase of over 8,000 jobs and almost 500 new businesses—both indicators of strong economic growth in the region.
The Survey supports the Region’s planning for water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure, and provides us with key information regarding effective land use planning and trends in Halton’s economic development. Reports such as the Employment Survey allow us to effectively plan for growth, attract new businesses and visitors, and support economic sustainability in Halton Region.
Key findings of the 2014 report include:
- An increase in Halton jobs to 218,257 (a year-over-year net increase of over 8,200 jobs).
- An increase in businesses in Halton to 13,193 (492 greater than in 2013).
- Halton’s top three sectors by number of jobs were: retail trade (32,201), manufacturing (31,176) and health care and social assistance (19,880).
- Four out of five jobs in Halton were in the service-based sector.
- Over 90 per cent of businesses surveyed in 2013 were still operating in 2014.
- Most jobs in Halton (70 per cent) provided full-time employment.
The Employment Survey is a comprehensive, door-to-door business survey that captures employment and land use information. The data is collected by face-to-face interviews or telephone conversations conducted between May and September. In 2014, over 13,000 businesses in Halton Region participated.
To learn more about the 2014 Employment Survey Results report, visit halton.ca/employmentsurvey.
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