Labour Force

Where do most people in Kitchener-Waterloo work?
  • In 2016, over one-third of Kitchener-Waterloo workers were employed in the manufacturing, retail, and health care sectors.2
  • In 2017, 22% and 27% of people in Kitchener and in Waterloo, respectively, had public and social sector jobs.


How much money do workers in Kitchener-Waterloo earn?
  • In 2015, the average annual earnings for Kitchener-Waterloo men was $54,848 compared to $37,081 for women. The gender wage gap in Kitchener-Waterloo is 32.4%.
What does the workforce look like in Kitchener-Waterloo?
  • In 2016, 10.0% of Kitchener-Waterloo workers were self-employed.
  • In 2016, 25,860 or 9.5% of Kitchener-Waterloo workers had no fixed workplace address.
  • In 2016, 34.9% of young adults aged 20 to 34 were living with at least one parent.
  • In 2016, 18,555 people in Kitchener-Waterloo were actively looking for work, but could not find a job. The youth unemployment rate was 15.0%.
  • In 2015, young workers in Kitchener-Waterloo were disproportionately represented in part year and/or part-time work, representing 56% of their work activity.


What is the commute like in Kitchener-Waterloo?
  • In 2016, the average commute for workers in Kitchener-Waterloo was 22.8 minutes. In Ontario, it was 28.8 minutes.
  • 81.0% of the Kitchener-Waterloo workforce primarily drove to work.

2 “Other” includes wholesale trade; administrative and support; waste management and remediation services; other services (except public administration); public administration; transportation and warehousing; information and cultural industries; real estate and rental and leasing; arts, entertainment, and recreation; agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting; utilities; utilities; management of companies and enterprises; and mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.

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