NS: Labour profile aimed at attracting, growing business in Queens Co.

Nick Moase, The Queens County Advance
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The report on the labour profile of the South Shore contains a variety of information, but one piece that stood out for Christopher Clarke, mayor for the Region of Queens, related to manufacturing.

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[LUNENBURG, NS] - A report on the labour profile of the South Shore is finished, with the goal of helping attract new business to the area.

Christopher Clarke, mayor for the Region of Queens, says this report is part of their investment readiness strategy for Queens and Lunenburg Counties. To make the area attractive to investors, they need to have information on what the workforce looks like in the area and what assets are available.

The report contains a variety of information, but one piece that stood out for Clarke  related to manufacturing.

"I was surprise at the amount of manufacturing that there is in the area," he says.

According to the report, there are about 600 people employed in manufacturing, more than 50 per cent above national average.

Other key aspects such as income data and workforce costs by occupation, fundamental labour strengths including education levels and mobility trends, immigration trends, and other relevant labour-related data are covered in the report.

Queens County has an unemployment rate of 11.1 per cent, compared to a provincial average of 8.6 per cent.

What this translates to is a 46 per cent employment rate (percentage of adults 15 and older working for pay).

These numbers are from 2011 before the mill closed, however they were the most recent statistics available for the area.

The report is aimed at both existing and potential employers for the counties, which will give them a better picture of the labour strengths in the area.

“Ultimately, the key objective of the Regional Labour Profile is to create content that can be utilized for a variety of purposes, but primarily as a readiness tool to help attract new business to the region."

"It gives us the opportunity to see from the federal statistical reports that have been done what our workforce comprises of, what its strengths are and what its weaknesses are," he says.

Businesses both existing and ones interested in the area would find a use for the report as well, says Mayor Clarke.

Existing employers looking to expand could use the information on the available workforce and what skills are available to decide a direction to go.

There was no cost to the Region of Queens to prepare this report, as the Department of Labour and Advanced Education funded it.

With this report in hand, Mayor Clarke hopes it will be another step to bringing more businesses to the area.

Organizations: Queens Co., Department of Labour and Advanced Education

Geographic location: Queens, South Shore

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