Labour Force Report – An Overview

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The Durham Workforce Authority (DWA) will release a custom extraction of the Statistics Canada monthly Labour Force Report for Durham Region. The report will use data from Statistics Canada on the Oshawa Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), which is an area with one or more neighbouring municipalities situated around a major urban core, with a population of at least 100,000.

Statistics Canada only releases this data for the country, provinces and Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs). Durham Region is divided into two CMAs, the Oshawa CMA including Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington, and the Toronto CMA which encompasses Ajax, Pickering and Uxbridge; Brock and Scugog are too small in terms of population to be surveyed on a monthly basis. In addition to including Ajax, Pickering and Uxbridge, the Toronto CMA also includes: Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Vaughn, Richmond Hill, Oakville, Milton, Newmarket, Caledon, Halton Hills, Aurora, Georgina, Whitchurch-Stouffville, New Tecumseth, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Orangeville, East Gwillimbury, King, Mono and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation.

As such, the DWA uses the Oshawa CMA data as a proxy for what is happening in Durham Region, since Ajax, Pickering and Uxbridge are more similar to Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington than they are to the multitude of geographies included in the Toronto CMA.

The Labour Force Report aims to provide the most up-to-date statistics on:

  • Employment
  • Unemployment
  • Labour force participation
  • Population
  • Includes analysis of year-over-year and month-over-month trends

You can view the most recent Labour Force Report here.