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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 7,180 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, 2011
 

Total population aged 15 years and over

12,770

In the labour force

7,180

Employed

6,665

Unemployed

515

Not in the labour force

5,590

Participation rate

56.2

Employment rate

52.2

Unemployment rate

7.2

Labour Force by Industry
 
 

2011

2015

Growth %

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

33

27

-18%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

0

0

0%

Utilities

15

16

7%

Construction

266

288

8%

Manufacturing

2,521

2,688

7%

Wholesale trade

195

215

10%

Retail trade

799

827

4%

Transportation and warehousing

108

120

11%

Information and cultural industries

72

54

-25%

Finance and insurance

195

196

1%

Real estate and rental and leasing

35

31

-11%

Professional, scientific and technical services

111

102

-8%

Management of companies and enterprises

38

30

-21%

Administrative support, waste management, remediation services

613

747

22%

Educational services

251

263

5%

Health care and social assistance

1,143

1,219

7%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

84

99

18%

Accommodation and food services

661

762

15%

Other services (except public administration)

279

297

6%

Public administration

223

196

-12%

Unclassified

148

108

-27%

Labour Force by Occupation (2006 & 2011 Census)
 
 

2006

2011

Growth

Total Labour Force 15 years and over by occupation

7,330

7,180

-2%

Occupation - Not Available

0

180

 

All Occupations

7,330

7,000

 

Management

670

525

-21%

Business, Finance and Administration

1,050

940

-10%

Natural and Applied Sciences and Related

180

225

25%

Health Occupations

375

450

20%

Social Science, Education, Government Service and Religion

370

740

100%

Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

115

100

-13%

Sales and Service

1,685

1,610

-4%

Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related

1,265

1,225

-3%

Occupations Unique to Primary Industry

285

240

-15%

Occupations Unique to Processing; Manufacturing and Utilities

1,335

945

-29%

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

2009

10.2%

9.1%

8.3%

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%

Source: Statistics Canada 2006 , 2011 ; Labour Force Survey 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 201, 2013 , 2014, 2015

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