Industry Focus: Construction

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Industry Focus: Construction

The focus for this month’s industry focus is construction. Our employment data for construction are obtained from the Labour Force Survey, which focuses on the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). As a result, these data do not include Grimsby or West Lincoln. For additional information on employment in Grimsby and West Lincoln please review our municipal snapshot documents.  Results from the Labour Force Survey indicate that approximately 13,000 individuals residing in Niagara were employed in construction throughout 2017. This puts construction as the 6th largest source of employment for Niagara residents.  
Figure 1 shows the number of employed individuals in construction. The construction industry saw growth in the number of individuals reporting employment in this sector between 2013 and 2015 but it has been decreasing since 2015. This follows the same general employment trends seen throughout Niagara. Figure 2 shows the percentage of all of Niagara’s employed residents that work in construction.  

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Construction, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Construction, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas 

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Construction Represents, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA 

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Construction Represents, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas

While data from Statistics Canada report on the number of people living in Niagara who work within a given industry, data from Table 1 provide a count of the number of jobs in Niagara in construction. Here, the data are based on the Niagara region and include all 12 local municipalities.  Table 1 outlines the number of jobs and average wages per job in construction between 2013 and 2017. Overall, the number of jobs between 2013 and 2017 in Niagara increased by 15.7% or 1,566 jobs.  


Table 1. Number of Jobs Average Wages per Job in Construction, 2013-2017, Niagara  

Industry  2013 Jobs  2014 Jobs  2015 Jobs  2016 Jobs  2017 Jobs  Avg. Wages Per Job 
Construction  9,946  9,746  10,450  11,075  11,512  $60,805 

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2018.1, employees

Table 2 dives deeper into construction to provide an outline of the most common occupations within the industry.

Table 2. Top 10 Occupations within the Construction Industry, 2017, Niagara  

Description  Employed in Industry (2017)  % of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)  Median Hourly Wages 
Construction trades helpers and labourers  1,615  14.0%  $20.86 
Carpenters  750  6.5%  $23.55 
Electricians (except industrial and power system)  524  4.6%  $26.89 
Construction managers  496  4.3%  $35.87 
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers  473  4.1%  $31.84 
Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades  413  3.6%  $27.02 
Heavy equipment operators (except crane)  375  3.3%  $26.90 
Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews  325  2.8%  $31.16 
Transport truck drivers  313  2.7%  $20.78 
Plumbers  298  2.6%  $28.24 

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2018.1, employees

Together, these data highlight an interesting phenomenon. Data from the Labour Force Survey indicate that the number of individuals living in Niagara that report employment in construction has decreased. However, data from Analyst indicate that the number of jobs in Niagara has increased. The implication here is that although there are fewer residents in St. Catharines-Niagara working in construction, the number of jobs is still growing. It could be that commuter flow data would indicate individuals are commuting to Niagara for construction jobs. 
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