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The 2018 Labour Force Survey indicates that Brandon has 32,100 employed and 1,500 unemployed residents 15 years of age and over. An unemployment rate of 4.5% was evident in 2018. Based on 2018 Labour Force Survey figures, the City of Brandon has a 71.0% participation rate of employment for all persons 15 years of age and over.


Brandon (CA) Labour Force aged 15 years and over - 2018  
Total Population 15 years and older 47,300
Total Labour Force 33,600
Total Employed 32,100
Participation Rate (%) 71.0%
Unemployment 1,500
Unemployment rate (%) 4.5%

Statistics Canada Labour force characteristics by census
agglomeration, annual, Table: 14-10-0102-01



The Southwest Region of Manitoba, of which Brandon is the hub, is a notable contributor to the local labour pool. In total an estimated 65.3% of people 15 years and over participated in the labour force in the Southwest Economic Region (ER). The unemployment rate for the Southwest Economic Region was 4.3% in 2018.


Southwest MB Economic Region  Labour Force - 2018  
Total Population 15 years and older 89,900
Total Labour Force 58,700
Employed 56,200
Participation Rate (%) 65.3%
Unemployed 2,500
Unemployment rate (%) 4.3%

Statistics Canada Labour force characteristics by province,
territory and economic region, annual, Table: 14-10-0090-01


Note: The Participation rate measures what percentage of the population 15 years and over were employed or unemployed (i.e. actively seeking employment, on temporary leave or about to start a new job).


Unemployment Rates

Employment by Industry

Employment by Occupation


Economic Development Brandon
City of Brandon
410-9th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A2
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