By Aboriginal status
By Immigrant status
By Low Income
According to 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) data, about 267,800 (65%) Simcoe Muskoka residents 15 years of age and older were part of the labour force. Of the individuals in the labour force, 8% (or just over 22,000) were unemployed. In comparison, the unemployment rate in Ontario in 2011 was also 8% (or 567,985 unemployed). Unemployment numbers among men and women were very similar in Simcoe Muskoka, with 11,065 women and 11,045 men unemployed in 2011. Almost 5% (or 12,870) of Simcoe Muskoka’s labour force were unemployed long-term in 2011; the same percentage of long-term unemployment as was seen in Ontario (5%).
In 2011, the unemployment rate varied by municipalities and townships. In Simcoe County, the highest reportable* unemployment rates among the labour force population aged 15 years and over were in Midland (12%) and Tiny (11%). In the District of Muskoka, the highest reportable unemployment rates were in Moose Point Native Reserve (20%), Huntsville (8%) and Gravenhurst (7%).
Another data source that is used to track unemployment rates is the Labour Force Survey (LFS). There are slight differences in the unemployment rate between the NHS and the LFS: while the NHS estimates that the unemployment rate among Simcoe Muskoka’s population 15 years of age and older was 8% in 2011, the LFS estimates that the unemployment rate was 9% in 2011. The LFS is useful in that it provides unemployment rates on a yearly basis providing more up-to-date information as well as allowing for trends to be seen over time. According to the LFS, the unemployment rate in Simcoe Muskoka increased from 5% in 2006 to 6% in 2015.
According to the 2015 Labour Force Survey (LFS), the unemployment rate among Simcoe Muskoka youth (age 15 to 24 years) was 16%. By comparison, the unemployment rate among youth in Ontario was 15% for the same time period.
The youth unemployment rate in Simcoe Muskoka has increased from 13% in 2006 to 16% in 2015, while the Ontario youth unemployment rate increased from 13% in 2006 to 15% in 2015.
In comparison, the youth employment rate is more than double the rate for Simcoe Muskoka’s population, 15 years and older (6%).
By Aboriginal Status
According to the 2011 NHS, in Simcoe Muskoka about 9,500 of those 15 years of age and older who reported Aboriginal identity were part of the labour force, 12% (or 1,150) of this population group were unemployed in 2011.
By comparison, in Ontario, there are over 140,500 people 15 years of age and older of Aboriginal identity in the labour force, with 14% (just under 20,000 people) were unemployed in 2011.
By Immigrant Status
In 2011, almost 29,000 immigrants 15 years of age and older in Simcoe Muskoka were part of the labour force. Of these, 8% (or 2,350) were unemployed, which was slightly lower than the unemployment rate for the Ontario immigrant population (9%).
Just over 2,200 recent immigrants 15 years of age and older in Simcoe Muskoka were part of the labour force. Of these, 14% (or 300) were unemployed, slightly lower than the unemployment rate for the overall recent immigrant population in Ontario (9%).
By Low Income
According to the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), 16% (or about 3,700) of Simcoe Muskoka’s population 15 years and over that were living in low income in 2010 (based on the NHS Low Income Measure after tax [LIM-AT]) were unemployed. This is double the unemployment rate for Simcoe Muskoka overall (8%).
In comparison, 19% (or 126,000) of Ontario’s population aged 15 years and over living in low income in 2010 were unemployed.
*NHS unemployment rate data for some locations at the census sub-division level was not releasable due to data quality concerns. For more information, see Census and NHS Data Sources.