Having sustainable employment that provides living wages for residents of an area is an indicator of individual and regional success.
In the 2005 Census, the main employment sectors Niagara residents reported working in:
1. Sales and service occupations (over one third)
2. Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
3. Business, finance and administrative occupations
4. Management occupations
5. Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion
6. Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities
7. Health occupations
8. Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
9. Occupations unique to primary industry
Source: Statistics Canada, 2006.
In Niagara CMA, there has been a significant loss of manufacturing jobs (-1,600) and a significant increase on the sales producing sector of employment (+4,100). Employment in information, culture and recreation had the 2nd highest growth (+2.600). The service sector grew by 38% compared to 26% for goods producing industries and dominated the economy from 1996 to 2006, accounted for two-thirds of the GNP in 2006 and expanded 17% over the last 5 years. Such jobs often pay less, are part-time and provide fewer benefits.
Figure 24 changes in employment by Major Industries Niagara CMA 2005-2007