Economic  

The total employed labour force in Waterloo Region grew by 11 per cent between 2001 and 2006, outpacing the nine per cent growth in population of the same period. This means that 257,655 people, or 68 per cent of the total regional population over the age of 15, were working.

Another 14,880 people, or four per cent of the over-15 age group, were unemployed. Another 108,460 people, or 28 per cent, were not in the labour force, meaning they were not working and not looking for work.

Full-time employment (more than 30 hours a week) declined by 14 per cent between 2001 and 2006; part-time employment jumped by 112 per cent.

The 2006 Census found Waterloo Region has a relatively young workforce: the median age for workers was 39.5 years, the lowest of anywhere in Ontario.

Employed Labour Force, Region of Waterloo, 1996-2006

 

 1996

 2006

 Growth 10 Years

 Waterloo Region

 203,545

 257,655

 27%

 Cambridge

 48,925

 64,110

 31%

 Kitchener

 88,705

 110,145

 24%

 Waterloo

 40,815

 53,180

 30%

 North Dumfries

 4,135

 5,215

 26%

 Wellesley

 4,355

 4,960

 14%

 Wilmot

 7,135

 9,355

 31%

 Woolwich

 9,475

 10,685

 13%

 Source; Statistics Canada, Census 1996 and 2006

For more information on employment in Waterloo Region, please refer to the 2006 Census Bulletins or visit our regional economic development partner, Canada's Technology Triangle.

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Agriculture

 For more statistics on agriculture, please visit the Statistics Canada website.

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