The unemployment rate in Thunder Bay is being reported as lower than the provincial and national average. However, in talking with people from all walks of life we still have too many people who cannot get the job for which they trained for. This is not unique to us and the challenge seems to be the matching of skills to jobs.
Frank worked as a grain handler and has had direct experience with the loss of jobs in the traditional sectors of our economy
As it can be observed in the chart below, the number of people actually employed in Thunder Bay has dropped during the recession of 2008-2009 and has since started to grow again. In fact, at any given time there are now over 800 jobs in Thunder Bay on the job search site www.indeed.ca
While it may seem that job creation is not within the realm of responsibility of a municipal government, a Mayor and Council can do a lot to create a climate that will encourage investments and lead to jobs and prosperity.