Report Outlines Challenges Faced By Low Unemployment

Windsor-Essex is in the enviable position of having virtually complete employment.

The latest unemployment figure is around 5%, which economists consider to be full employment.

But it leads to challenges for employers, who are struggling to fill key positions.

Workforce Windsor-Essex has released the 2017-18 Community Labour Market Plan, whihc details the issues.

It's 61 pages of densely packed information that details the issues and some solutions.

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Workforce Windsor-Essex Community Labour Market Plan 2017-18, May 9, 2018 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

Workforce Senior Manager Justin Falconer says about 40% of the potential workers have chosen not to seek work for a variety of reasons.

He says employers will have to find more creative ways to attract workers.

"We're basically in a position where employers can't find the right people and need to start looking at part-time employment or at micro-employment or shared jobs where two or three people could maybe share a job during the week and fulfil that task for the employer in a way that's more conducive to their home lifeor schedule"

Falconer says part of the solution is reaching out to people who have left.

"We actually talked about the need maybe for a talent attraction campaign.  We need to look at bringing workers back into the region.  For a long time Windsor suffered from out migration of working age population especially those that are 18-44"

He says some of the problem is left from the recession of 2008 and 09.

"There were a lot of discouraged workers out there, people lost jobs.  They took jobs that were paying them less than they had initially held.  But this is a great time to consider making the move, consider taking that next step for that higher wage to perhaps venture out from there"

Falconer says partnerships with St. Clair College and the University of Windsor are one part of the solution to train workers for open positions.

He says as of today there are around 2800 job opening that aren't being filled.

That means companies are unable to seek new contract and struggle to fulfil existing obligations.