Labour Market Insights
Manufacturing In Demand: Top Occupations and In-Demand Jobs for Windsor-Essex for January 2022
Various levels of public health measures were in place throughout the month of January 2022 that impacted businesses across sectors. As of January 31, the Ontario government began gradually easing these public health measures, with further easing scheduled for February 21 and March 14. As of January 31, social gatherings were increased to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Capacity limits for retail, restaurants and bars, malls, gyms, cinemas, meeting and event spaces, amusement parks, museums, casinos, bingo halls, and religious services were either maintained or increased to 50%.
January saw 6,001 total active job postings from 1,736 companies for an increase of 11.8% over the previous month’s 5,370 total active job postings. The Job Board and Job Map received 26,267 interactions from 6,712 users (a user increase of 8.3% from the previous month).
Also notable are the 4,149 new job postings for the month of January 2022, the highest amount of new job postings we’ve seen since we began tracking this information in April 2019. The previous record was October 2021 with 4,066 new job postings.
The top 15 searched-for occupations overall in Windsor-Essex for January 2022 were:
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The top 15 searched-for occupations by men in Windsor-Essex for January 2022 were:
The top 15 searched-for occupations by women in Windsor-Essex for January 2022 were:
Both new job postings and search activity was up across the board during the month of January. This indicates that many companies are eager to get back to business after the holiday season and now have the resources to begin the recruitment and onboarding process for new hires following the lull we saw in the previous month. Jobseekers, too, are also looking for work, whether it’s a change of career as the pandemic forces many of us to reevaluate work and life or perhaps they see additional work opportunities on the horizon as restrictions are scheduled to lift.
The top 20 in-demand occupations by local employers for January 2022 were:
The region saw an increase in demand for Manufacturing occupations, as demonstrated through a 76.9% increase in demand for Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors; 1.5% increase in Other Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities; 27.5% increase in Tool and Die Makers; and a 116.7% increase in Manufacturing Managers.
Looking at hiring by 6-digit NAICS, we see further evidence of the increase in demand in the Manufacturing sector with increases in January 2022 over December 2021 in Industrial Mould Manufacturing (up 43.7% from 87 posts in December to 125 posts in January), Automobile and Light Duty Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (up 14.6% from 103 posts in December to 118 posts in January), and Cutlery and Hand Tool Manufacturing (up 51.2% from 43 posts in December to 65 posts in January), although Motor Vehicle Stamping did decrease 16.7% from 72 job postings in December to 60 job postings in January.
Job postings in the Manufacturing sector increased 29.7% to 786 job postings in January 2022 from 606 job postings in December 2021. We see how this compares to other sectors in the Top Hiring Sectors by 2-Digit NAICS Code table below, where Manufacturing is listed as being more in-demand than the Retail sector for January. While Manufacturing typically has a high number of job postings, Retail is usually in either the first or second spot, not third.
Demand in the Retail sector is up 6.1% from the previous month, however, with 763 job postings in January 2022 compared to 719 in December 2021. This could be due to retailers hiring to fill gaps left by their seasonal staff moving on, covering absences as COVID-19 cases increase, or adding staff in preparation of retail opening up further in the coming weeks.
Hiring in Accommodation and Food Services is down 24% from 204 postings in December 2021 to 155 in January 2022. This industry is among the hardest hit by public health measures in terms of capacity limitations and pivoting to serve only pickup/takeout orders or outdoor dining, the latter of which is not feasible in the colder months.
Looking at this further in the Top Hiring Sectors by 2-Digit NAICS Code table, job postings for Full-Service Restaurants are down 28.6% from 70 postings in December 2021 to 50 in January 2022 and Limited-Service Eating Places are down 22.2% from 90 postings in December 2021 to 70 in January 2022. As restrictions eased by the very end of the month, we may end up seeing improved numbers in this sector into February and March.
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As of April 2019, the monthly Job Demand Report for Windsor-Essex is created by Workforce WindsorEssex using data collected from 14 unique national, provincial and locally-significant job boards. Between May 2017 and March 2019, job posting data was purchased from CEB Talent Neuron.
MONTHLY JOB SEARCH REPORT
The monthly Job Search Report for Windsor-Essex is created by Workforce WindsorEssex using data collected from four job finding tools, including WEexplore, WEmap jobs, WEjobs board, and the Bridge Timeline Tool. Gender and age information of users is voluntarily shared with the organization.
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