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Labour Force

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Tillsonburg has a strong and diversified economy with strengths in a number of sectors including manufacturing, retail, accommodation and food services, health care, and agriculture. 

The Town has an estimated workforce of 7,390 persons with 46% having some post-secondary education.

Within Oxford County, the workforce is projected to grow from an estimated 53,000 persons to 71,000 by 2031.

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Labour Force Status, 2016
 

Total population aged 15 years and over

13,250

In the labour force

7,390

Employed

6,915

Unemployed

475

Not in the labour force

5,860

Participation rate

55.8

Employment rate

52.2

Unemployment rate

6.4

Labour Force by Industry
 
 

2011

2016

Growth %

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

27

28

3.7%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

0

0

0%

Utilities

16

15

-6.3%

Construction

288

391

35.8%

Manufacturing

2,688

2,511

-6.6%

Wholesale trade

215

234

8.8%

Retail trade

827

891

7.7%

Transportation and warehousing

120

227

89.2%

Information and cultural industries

54

49

-9.3%

Finance and insurance

196

223

13.8%

Real estate and rental and leasing

31

61

96.8%

Professional, scientific and technical services

102

192

88.2%

Management of companies and enterprises

30

28

-6.7%

Administrative support, waste management, remediation services

747

1084

45.1%

Educational services

263

243

-7.6%

Health care and social assistance

1,219

1,547

26.9%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

99

128

29.3%

Accommodation and food services

762

822

7.9%

Other services (except public administration)

297

467

57.2%

Public administration

196

218

11.3%

Labour Force by Occupation (2011 & 2016 Census)
 
 

2011

2016

Growth

Total Labour Force 15 years and over by occupation

7,180

7,390

2.9%

Occupation - Not Available

180

170

 -5.6%

All Occupations

7,000

7,225

3.2% 

Management

525

570

8.6%

Business, Finance and Administration

940

850

-9.6%

Natural and Applied Sciences and Related

225

280

24.4%

Health Occupations

450

430

-4.4%

Social Science, Education, Government Service and Religion

740

590

-20.3%

Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

100

130

30%

Sales and Service

1,610

1,725

7.1%

Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related

1,225

1,260

2.9%

Occupations Unique to Primary Industry

240

205

-14.6%

Occupations Unique to Processing; Manufacturing and Utilities

945

1,175

24.3%

Employed Number of Residents (2011 Census)
 

In Tillsonburg

4,045

Outside Tillsonburg but Within County

1,045

Outside the County of Residence

2,090

Unemployment Rates
 

Tillsonburg

Provincial

National

2010

7.8%

8.7%

8.1%

2011

7.5%

7.9%

7.5%

2012

7.6%

7.9%

7.3%

2013

6.3%

7.6%

7.1%

2014

7.1%

7.3%

6.9%

2015

6.6%

6.8%

6.9%

2016

6.4%

7.4%

7.7%

2017

4.2%

6.0%

6.3%

Source: Statistics Canada 2011, 2016 ; Labour Force Survey 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 , 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

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