Manitoba, with an area of 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi) includes seven economic regions: South East, South Central, South West, North Central, Winnipeg, Interlake, and Parklands and North.
Sixty per cent of Manitobans in the labour force live in Winnipeg. In 2013, Winnipeg’s labour force comprised of 404,600 people. Between 2009 and 2013, the labour force and employment in Winnipeg increased by 4.7 per cent and 4.0 per cent respectively.
The Southeast region of Manitoba has experienced the highest growth in its labour force and employment among all Manitoba economic regions. In the last five years, the labour force in the region increased by 12.0 per cent while employment increased by 13.7 per cent. In 2013, the Southeast region also had the highest labour force participation rate in Manitoba (70.8%).
The North Central region experienced the second-highest percentage growth in labour force and employment. Between 2009 and 2013, the labour force in the region increased by 8.9 per cent and employment increased by 10.2 per cent. As employment increased faster than the labour force the unemployment rate in the region decreased.
In 2013, the North Central and South Central regions had the lowest unemployment rates in Manitoba (3.1%) while Parklands and North had the highest unemployment rate (6.2%). Winnipeg’s unemployment rate was at 6.1 per cent.