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Signs of strong recovery in Guelph as more people reenter the labour force

The top three Guelph job postings in June were for material handlers, other labourers and retail salespersons
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As more people are reentering the job force and strong job demand point to a strong signs of economic recovery for the City of Guelph, says the local workforce planning board.

The city was already showing strong signs of economic recovery even before Step 2 of the province's reopening plan, said Charlene Hofbauer, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Region in a news release.

Guelph's participation rate, which measures the total labour force, improved to 70.8 per cent to end the second quarter of 2021, versus 68.4 per cent at the end of Q1.

"The improvement in the city’s participation rate has resulted in over 3,000 people returning to the labour force since March," said Hofbauer.

That trend is continuing now that the province has entered Step 3 as of July 16.

According to the board, over 3,000 people have returned to the labour force in Guelph since March.

In a news release, the board said the top 10 Guelph job posts in June of 2021 were:

  • Material handlers
  • Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
  • Retail salespersons
  • Other customer and information services representatives
  • Cooks
  • Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
  • Transport truck drivers
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers
  • Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
  • Light duty cleaners reports there were 2,990 active job postings for Guelph in June.


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