I have had a go at this before.....
Just noticed a piece in the Sun Times titled “Region's
unemployment rate drops”, the first line says “Part-time job
growth drove November's unemployment rate down to 3 per cent in the
economic region consisting of Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth counties.”
This may be true in that its the
“Four County Labour Market Planning Board” serving “Grey,
Bruce, Huron, Perth” and all the statistics for that area are
lumped together. In fact I am told that separate statistics for the
various counties and/or economic areas within them are not available,
this to me makes this information not only all but useless but highly
That generally work found is in “the precarious types of
employment – i.e. part-time, casual, entry-level, low-pay” jobs.
Nor does it “reflect the degree to which people are
under-employed” and “they don't reflect how many of those
employed part-time would rather work full-time.” further adds to
the problem with the “Labour Force Survey”. (A full time job lost
is equivalent to a part time job gained in this and most other
The survey goes on to say that 3,200 jobs have been “gained”,
however it seems that 90% of these are those “part time precarious
employment” positions so across the entire region from Tobermoury
to Stratford just 300 full time jobs have been found and no one
knows whether these were in Owen Sound, Goderich, Collingwood,
Walkerton or Hanover areas.
Then there is this bit “The top two gains were in the
services-producing sector in "accommodation and food services"
(read waitressing) and "wholesale and retail trade" (read
cashier) categories, which gained 1,200 each. Employment in the
goods-producing sector saw gains in all categories the highest gains
in that sector were in "agriculture" with 1,100 jobs. “
(make me wonder what positions are included in that sector) Losses
were all in the services-producing sector, 900 jobs, in "other
services," and 800 jobs in "finance, insurance, real
estate, rental and leasing,". Reading between the lines it would
seem that blue collar workers are SOL, a quick look at local Grey
Bruce job listings would seem to confirm that.
My biggest problem with this whole thing is that it lumps
completely disparate areas together and appears to assume that the
job market in southern Huron - Perth is the same as that in northern
Grey - Bruce. I strongly dispute this, I believe from my own
observations of various employment “opportunities” web sites that
the situation varies greatly across “the four counties”.
If the Four Counties Labour Force Survey is to be taken seriously
and to be of any use in assisting LOCAL employers, the unemployed and
organizations in addressing the issue of the LOCAL economy then we
need LOCAL statistics.
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