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The Brandon labour market had a total population of 102,618 in 2001, and 103,333 in 2006, for net increase of 715 or 0.7%. Much of the increase occurred in the City of Brandon. 

 

The Regional Labour Force
An estimated 57,090 people comprise the labour force 15 years and over in the Southwest Economic Region. Of these, 53% are males and 47% are females. The City of Brandon accounts for about 41% of the Economic Region's total, Towns and Villages for 22%, and Rural areas for about 37%.

 

Brandon City Economic Region Southwest Economic
Region Total
Towns/Villages Rural Areas
  No. % No. % No. % No. %
Males 11,850 51 6,415 51 11,970 56 30,235 53
Females 11,355 49 6,105 49 9,395 44 26,855 47
Totals 23,205 100 12,520 100 21,370 100 57,090 100

Statistics Canada, 2006 Census Semi-custom Area Profile

 

The labour force in the rural areas may become increasingly important to the Economic Region as a whole. Data from the 2006 Census of Agriculture indicates that a growing proportion of farmers in Canada are working off the farm, compared to 2001. Over 48% of Canadian farm operators in 2006 reported working off-farm, compared to just under 45% in 2001. For the first time in 2006, the proportion of female operators who worked off farm reached 50% (while about 48% of male operators worked off farm).

 

More than one fifth of farmers in Canada reported working more than 40 hours a week off farm in 2006, which is an increase from 2001.  The trend of increasing percentages of farmers working off the farm is seen in every province from Quebec west (though Saskatchewan and Alberta had the largest increases).

 

Southwest Economic Region Age Distribution

Age Group Males Females
No. % No. %
0-14 years 9,595 19 9,090 17
15-24 years 7,305 14 7,200 14
25-44 years 12,370 24 12,690 24
45-64 years 13,530 27 13,725 26
65 + years 7,800 15 10,395 20
Total 50,595 100 53,100 100

 Statistics Canada, 2006 Census Semi-Custom Cross-Tabulation

 

Within the City of Brandon, the age group of 25-44 years is slightly higher in share (27%) than in the Economic Region as a whole, and the percentage of persons just entering the labour force also is slightly higher (16%). A breakdown by major age categories for Brandon is found below.

 

City of Brandon Age Distribution

Age Total Male Female
TOTAL 41,511 19,690 21,820
0-14 7,020 3,535 3,480
15-24 6,810 3,245 3,565
25-44 11,305 5,595 5,710
45-64 9,895 4,735 5,160
65 + 6,470 2,570 3,905
Median Age 37.0 35.0 38.7
% of the population
aged 15 and over
83.1 82.0 84.0

 Note: Owing to rounding used by Statistics Canada, the total may differ from the sum of males and females (2006 Census)

 

In the Economic Region’s Towns and Villages, slightly lower percentages of the population fall in the 15 to 24 years, and 25 to 44 years ranges, and a somewhat higher share fall in the 65 years and over group than in the Economic Region as a whole. In the Rural Areas, a greater share of the population falls in the 45 to 64 years range, and a lower percentage is aged 65 and over than in the Economic Region as a whole. The age structure of the towns, villages and rural areas in the Soutwest Economic Region may be an important factor in the labour force available to the city of Brandon itself.

 

Age Distributions for Southwest Economic Region
Towns and Villages and Rural Areas

Age Group Towns and Villages Rural Areas
Male Female Total - Sex Male Female Total - Sex
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
0-14 2,530 20 2,410 17 4,940 18 3,525 19 3,195 19 6,725 19
15- 1,530 12 1,535 11 3,065 11 2,530 14 2,100 13 4,635 13
25-44 2,755 22 3,065 21 5,820 21 4,005 22 3,920 23 7,930 23
45-64 3,175 25 3,335 23 6,510 24 5,620 31 5,220 31 10,845 31
65+ 2,775 22 4,175 29 6,950 25 2,455 14 2,315 14 4,775 14
Total 12,760 100 14,525 100 27,290 100 18,145 100 16,755 100 34,900 100

 

Data Centre

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