Labour Force Participation

Winnipeg's Participation Rate Is Rising

The labour force participation rate measures the proportion of the working-age population in the labour force either employed or unemployed and actively seeking work. The level of employment and the propensity of people to participate in the labour force are the key variables that determine the prevailing level of unemployment and the unemployment rate. Participation rates are affected by a range of economic, demographic and social factors.

Winnipeg’s participation rate is increasing as a result of its growing labour force.  In 2015, a rate of 69.1 per cent favourably compares to the national rate of 65.8 per cent. Over a five-year period, the participation rate in Winnipeg mirrored the national decline of 1.1 percentage points. However, when compared to the city’s previous five-year results—which revealed a decline of 2.3 percentage points—Winnipeg’s rate is increasing. The majority of other major metropolitan areas also experienced a decline in workforce participation.

Participation Rate: Winnipeg and CMA Average (2010 to 2015)

Source: Statistics Canada