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Workforce Characteristics

The Lethbridge workforce is spread among a range of sectors reflecting the industry diversity and access to quality employees in the city.

Lethbridge is one of only a few Canadian cities its size with two post-secondary institutions. Lethbridge benefits from a young, educated workforce which can, in part, be attributed to the more than 2,800 students who graduate from the university and college each year.

With an average unemployment rate of 4.5% in 2013, and an average of 6.0% over the past five years (compared to the average Canadian rate of 7.6%), Lethbridge continues to demonstrate a stable, balanced labour market. There also has been consistent employment growth in Lethbridge over the past 15 years in both the public and private sectors. In fact, Lethbridge has a higher proportion of its workforce employed in manufacturing (7.4%) than the Alberta average of 5.8%.

Local employers continue to benefit from the strong local workforce, supportive business environment and stable economy that add to the many advantages of doing business in this city.   

Lethbridge Employment by Industry Division & Gender
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Figure E.31.a
City of Lethbridge Employment by Industry Division and Gender
Industry by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Number Employed Number Female Percent Female
Retail Trade 6,360 3,390 53.3%
Health Care & Social Assistance 6,210 5,140 82.8%
Educational Services 4,765 3,115 65.4%
Construction 3,975 600 15.1%
Accommodation & Food Services 3,905 2,070 53.0%
Manufacturing 3,570 810 22.7%
Public Administration 2,955 1,310 44.3%
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 2,325 1,195 51.4%
Finance & Insurance 1,740 1,145 65.8%
Wholesale Trade 1,660 480 28.9%
Transportation & Warehousing 1,590 215 13.5%
Administrative & Support, Waste Management & Remediation Services 1,560 700 44.9%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 1,130 530 46.9%
Information & Cultural Industries 865 360 41.6%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 825 255 30.9%
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 820 330 40.2%
Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction 570 70 12.3%
Utilities 175 15 8.6%
Management of Companies & Enterprises 55 0 0%
Other Services (except Public Administration) 2,330 1,270 54.5%
Not Applicable 575 285 49.6%
Total Employed Labour Force 47,960 23,335 48.7%

 

 

Notes

Other services includes repair and maintenance; personal and laundry services; religious, grant making, civic and professional and similar organizations; private households.

Sources

Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey

Labour Force Distribution by Industry Sector
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Notes

Other services include repair and maintenance; personal and laundry services; religious, grant making, civic and professional and similar organization; private households.

Sources

Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey

County of Lethbridge Employment by Industry Division & Gender
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Figure E.32.a
 Lethbridge County Employment by Industry Division and Gender
Industry by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Number Employed Number Female Percent Female
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 1,370 410 29.9%
Health Care & Social Assistance 500 425 85%
Construction 450 95 21.1%
Manufacturing 340 85 25%
Retail Trade 310 140 45.2%
Educational Services 285 215 75.4%
Accommodation & Food Services 235 195 83%
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 200 90 45%
Wholesale Trade 175 65 37.1%
Public Administration 165 85 51.5%
Transportation & Warehousing 130 20 15.4%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 125 110 88%
Finance & Insurance 115 100 87%
Administration & Support, Waste Management, & Remediation Services 95 35 36.8%
Utilities 80 0 0%
Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction 75 0 0%
Real Estate & Rental Leasing 25 0 0%
Information & Cultural Industries 10 10 100%
Management of Companies & Enterprises 0 0 0%
Other Services (except Public Administration) 220 55 25%
Not Applicable 45 25 55.5%
Total Employed Labour Force 4,940 2,175 44.0%

 

 

Sources

Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey

Labour Market Information
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Figure E.39.a
Lethbridge CA Labour Market Information
Labour Force Indicator 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Population of Working Age 80,200 79,800 76,200 68,000 63,500
Labour Force  53,100 52,200 53,400 49,500 41,800
      Employed  50,100 47,900 50,300 46,500 39,900
      Unemployed  3,000 4,300 3,100 3,000 1,900
Not in Labour Force  27,100 27,600 22,800 18,500 21,700
Participation Rate 66.2% 65.4% 70.1% 72.8% 65.8%
Employment Rate 62.5% 60.0% 66.0% 68.4% 62.8%
Unemployment Rate 5.6% 8.2% 5.8% 6.1% 4.5%


Notes

*  The Lethbridge CA, or Census Agglomeration Area, is a geographic area comprised of the City of Lethbridge urban core and the adjacent County of Lethbridge situated around the urban core.

** Due to constraints in the population sample size which, has resulted in a low confidence interval for the data, it is recommended this data be used with caution.

Sources

Statistics Canada.  Table  282-0115 - Labour force survey estimates (LFS), by selected census agglomerations based on 2006 census boundaries, annual (persons unless otherwise noted),  CANSIM (database).


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