Hamilton Community Wellness Indicators - Economic Wellness

Unemployment rate

The unemployment rate for Hamilton CMA represents the number of unemployed persons in the Hamilton CMA expressed as a percentage of the labour force in the Hamilton CMA. The unemployment rate is a 3-month moving average, seasonally adjusted rate. 

In summary: The unemployment rate for Hamilton CMA for September 2017 is 4.2%, down compared with August 2017 at 4.6% and down compared with September 2016 at 6.4%. Since 2007, the highest reading was 9.1% in September 2009.

Source: Statistics Canada CMA Summary Tables Labour Force Survey



Numbers of consumers and businesses that have filed for bankruptcy in the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area including Hamilton, Burlington and Grimsby.

In summary: Consumer bankruptcy for Q2 2017 is up 4.6% versus Q1 2017 but down 26.2% versus Q2 2016.  Business bankruptcy for Q2 2017 is down 41.7% versus Q1 2017 and down 22.2% versus Q2 2016.  

Source: Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada


Building permits

The total value per million $ of the building permits issued for the month by the City including residential, commercial and industrial projects.

In summary: Building Permits Total $ Value were $77.22 million in September 2017, up $2.89 million or 3.9% versus August 2017 at $74.33 million but down $11.19 million or 12.7% versus September 2016 at $88.41 million.

Source: City of Hamilton


Real estate sales

Number of residential units sold according to the REALTORS Association of Hamilton - Burlington (data is for sales in Hamilton only)

In summary: The number of residential units sold in September 2017 was 541 units, down 28 units (or 4.9%) down compared with August 2017 and down 169 units (or 23.8%) compared with September 2016.

Source: REALTORS Association of Hamilton - Burlington (RAHB)


Housing starts

The number of new homes on which construction has been started in the City of Hamilton. Compiled by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, an agency of the Government of Canada.

In summary: Housing Starts in August 2017 were 236 starts, up by 252.2% or 169 starts compared with July 2017 (67 starts) and up by 35.6% or 62 starts compared with August 2016 (174 starts).

Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation


Canadian Gross Domestic Product

The Canadian Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, is the real value of products and services produced in Canada.

In summary: Canadian GDP for August 2017 was 3.5% (annualized, year-over-year), down versus July 2017 at 3.9%. The Bank of Canada in its October 2017 Monetary Policy Report projects real GDP growth to be 3.1% in 2017 and 2.1% in 2018.

Source: Statistics Canada