Job growth

December 22, 2010

Jobs & the Economy

Lloyd Longfield, President of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, sent the following update to me.  The City of Guelph is working with the Chamber of Commerce to step up our promoting Guelph as the place to be.

  •  3,600 jobs recovered this year putting unemployment at 7.7% compared to the provincial average of 8.8%
  • Guelph’s labour market is about 72,000 jobs, so that is good news
  • While manufacturing is having a slow employment recovery in Ontario, here in Guelph many manufacturers are telling  the Chamber they are in a hiring mode
  • We need to attract more people to Guelph to meet the demand of our manufacturers and the manufacturers who are locating here in 2011
  • Top priorities for Chamber membership are: 1) Becoming more Business Friendly, 2) Attracting people and businesses to Guelph, 3) Focus on helping businesses to grow.
  • The Chamber Workplace Development Committee is working on helping with promoting co-op positions from the University, College, and High Schools with a new website being planned for the spring of 2011.  The Committee is also working on programs to employ people with disabilities and people new to Canada through the Chamber’s globalexperience@work program
  • The Chamber Industrial Committee continues its focus on improving productivity through Lean initiatives
  • The Chamber Technology Committee has launched the 2011 Technology Economy Conference for January 18
  • The Board Strategic Plan for the coming year has the Chamber drawing an ACE:  Advocacy, Connections, and Education for the Guelph business community.

All promising indicators and work heading into 2011.  You can read more on the Chamber’s blog.

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