The 2016 Labour Force Survey indicates that Brandon has 28,200 employed and 2,200 unemployed residents 15 years of age and over. An unemployment rate of 7.2% was evident in 2016. Based on 2016 Labour Force Survey figures, the City of Brandon has a 66.1% participation rate of employment for all persons 15 years of age and over.
|City of Brandon Labour Force aged 15 years and over - 2016|
|Total Population 15 years and older||46,000|
|Total Labour Force||30,400|
|Participation Rate (%)||66.1%|
|Unemployment rate (%)||7.2%|
Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey January 2017, CANSIM# 282-0134
The Southwest Region of Manitoba, of which Brandon is the hub, is a notable contributor to the local labour pool. In total an estimated 64.9% 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 5.7% in 2016.
|Southwest Economic Region Labour Force - 2016|
|Total Population 15 years and older||88,500|
|Total Labour Force||57,400|
|Participation Rate (%)||64.9%|
|Unemployment rate (%)||5.7%|
Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey January 2017 CANSIM #282-0123
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).