Industry Focus: Transportation and Warehousing

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Industry Focus: Transportation and Warehousing

Much of NWPB’s work focuses on the state of the labour force and related indicators throughout Niagara. Given this, NWPB will be featuring monthly blog posts highlighting information about industries in Niagara. The focus for this month is transportation and warehousing. Employment data for industries 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 8,900 individuals residing in Niagara were employed in transportation and warehousing throughout 2018. This puts transportation and warehousing as the 10th largest source of employment for Niagara residents.

Figure 1 shows the number of employed individuals in transportation and warehousing. Although the transportation and warehousing industry within Niagara saw an employment dip in 2015, it has since rebounded to its highest total in the past five years, with employment increasing by 1,500 from 2015-2018. Figure 2 shows the percentage of all Niagara residents employed in transportation and warehousing.

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Transportation and Warehousing, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Educational Services, 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 Transportation and Warehousing Represents, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Educational Services 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 transportation and warehousing. Here, the data are based on the Niagara region and include all 12 local municipalities.  Table 1 outlines the number of jobs between 2013 and 2017 as well as average annual income per job (2017) in transportation and warehousing. Overall, the number of jobs between 2013 and 2017 in Niagara increased by 7.0% or 430 jobs.


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

Description Employed in Industry (2017) % of Total Jobs in Industry (2017) Median Hourly Wages
Transport truck drivers 1,333 20.2% $20.83
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators 907 13.8% $16.42
Letter carriers 383 5.8% $25.95
Material handlers 273 4.1% $17.65
Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations 194 2.9% $25.72
Mail, postal and related workers 172 2.6% $23.96
Dispatchers 165 2.5% $23.28
Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs 163 2.5% $13.64
Managers in transportation 138 2.1% $37.77
Customs, ship and other brokers 131 2.0% $21.89

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2018.1, employees

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