The employment rate for Niagara went down slightly from 60.7% in 2005 to 59.0% in 2007. In 2007, Niagara’s employment rate was lower than that of Ontario (63.6%) and Canada (63.5%).
In 2005, Niagara’s total labour force was 225,985 and Niagara had a work participation rate of 64.6%, lower than Canada or Ontario. Males in Niagara had a 69.9% work participation rate and females had a lower participation rate at 59.7%.
Figure 22 Percent of Population that Participated in Employment (aged 15 and over)
Source: Statistics Canada, Community Profiles
Niagara’s employment has fluctuated over the years and reached a high in the year 2001 and a low in the middle of 2006 and there is some indication of seasonal variances.