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 63.0 per cent in 2019 to 60.2 per cent in 2020. However, Manitoba’s employment rate of 60.2 per cent in 2020 was the third highest among the provinces, and above Canada’s rate of 58.0 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.

Manitoba's Employment Rate, 2020

Employment Rate

percent (%)

Canada 61.4 61.9 58
Newfoundland and Labrador 50.2 50.9 48
Prince Edward Island 60.4 60.8 57.9
Nova Scotia 56.6 57.2 54
New Brunswick 56.3 56.2 54.4
Quebec 61 61.5 58.1
Ontario 60.6 61.2 57.5
Manitoba 63.2 63 60.2
Saskatchewan 63.9 64.6 61.3
Alberta 66.6 66 60.7
British Columbia 62.2 62.9 57.9
Manitoba rank (out of 10 provinces) 3 3 3

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

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