Measuring Progress

Transparent Reporting on Government's Progress

Manitoba's Employment Rate


Target: To be in the top three among the provinces based on year-over-year growth

How we are doing now

Manitoba’s employment rate fell from 63.2 per cent in 2018 to 63.0 per cent 2019. However, Manitoba’s employment rate of 63.0 per cent in 2019 was the third highest among the provinces, and above Canada’s rate of 62.0 per cent.

Since 1976, Manitoba’s employment rate has ranked between second and fourth among provinces.

Data Source

Data is derived from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey (LFS). The survey provides estimates of employment and unemployment. With the release of the survey results only 10 days after the completion of data collection, the LFS estimates are the first of the major monthly economic data series to be released. LFS data are used to produce the well-known unemployment and employment rates, as well as other standard labour market indicators, such as the employment rate and the participation rate.

Employment rates are a measure of the extent to which available labour resources (people available to work) are being used. They are calculated as the ratio of the employed to the working age population.

Why This Matters

The employment rate is the number of persons employed, expressed as a percentage of the population 15 years of age and over. The employment rate for a particular group (age, sex, marital status, etc.) is the number employed in that group expressed as a percentage of the population for that group. Estimates are percentages, rounded to the nearest tenth.

Employed people are those aged 15 or over who report that they have worked in gainful employment for at least one hour in the previous week, or who had a job but were absent from work during the reference week. The working age population refers to people aged 15 to 64.

Next steps

Manitoba launched the Economic Growth Action Plan and Manitoba Works, with the goal of growing our economy, building on our strengths to grow trade, investment and jobs.

The government will continue work to create conditions to improve quality of life and provide employment opportunities.

Other related links

  • Statistics Canada, table 14-10-0327, labour force characteristics by sex and detailed age group, annual

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