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Manitoba predicts steady job growth in near future

JOC News Service
Manitoba predicts steady job growth in near future

WINNIPEG — The Province of Manitoba is forecasting job growth in the coming years, a new report shows.

The Manitoba Labour Market Outlook Report for 2018–2024 predicts 24,100 job openings per year, with most coming from community and government services.

“This report shows Manitoba’s labour market is balanced,” said Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen in a statement. “A total of 168,700 job openings are expected to be created between 2018 and 2024, with unemployment projected to decline slightly over the next five years.”

Pedersen added the report uses up-to-date trends to inform students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors, and is also intended to support career planning. The forecast also includes occupation-specific analysis of future demand, an estimate of the number of future job openings and information on the ability of businesses to meet current labour demand.

“The information in this report can help employers to plan ahead and determine the workplace skills they will need to grow their business,” said Pedersen. “It also helps job seekers identify in-demand sectors in our economy to help inform their career decisions.”

The report shows most openings will come from sales, service, business, finance and administration.

But the bulk of the jobs will come from community and government services, with a combined total of 83,300 jobs. Post-secondary education will be a requirement for 60 per cent of new jobs.

Overall, Manitoba’s labour market is expected to remain balanced over the next seven years.

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