The Labour Market Group is reporting a 10 percent decrease in job postings in January compared to the previous month. 

“There were 215 job postings recorded for Nipissing district in the month of January. This was a significant decrease; -10.4% (-25), from the previous month’s figure of 240 postings,” the monthly report states. 

“I think, for obvious reasons, it’s due to the lockdown extension here,” said Stacie Fiddler, executive director of the Labour Market Group.

Over a quarter (28 percent) of job postings were in the healthcare and social assistance sectors, with personal support workers being the most in-demand job.

Of the 215 job postings in January:

  • 100 percent were online
  • 30.2 percent required some form of driver’s license
  • 10.7 percent required a vehicle
  • 28.4 percent stated a criminal record check would be a requirement before hiring

Two-thirds of the job postings were for full-time positions, while a third were entry-level jobs. 

Fiddler says she expects more postings whenever the local lockdown restrictions are lifted.

“Those that are able to reopen will be looking to hire or call back staff. Unfortunately, if the lockdown does not open, we will see further decreases in job postings,” Fiddler said.

The Labour Market Group publishes monthly reports on job listings around Nipissing and Parry Sound based on research from numerous job sites.