TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Oct. 10, 2014) - Bob Funk, the CEO of North America's largest franchised staffing company, issued the following statement on today's Statistic Canada Labour Force Survey which showed the Canadian economy added 74,000 jobs in September pushing the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 6.8 per cent, while the labor force participation rate remained unchanged at 66 per cent:
"Canada posted solid job numbers today and that is good news for the economy," said Funk. "That said, the labour force participation rate remains stubbornly unchanged. Too many working age people have given up looking for work, and as our franchisees across Canada try and fill thousands of jobs everyday, that remains a concern. We have to continue to try and get people back into the workforce."
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Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 700 franchises in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than five million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated more than $2.5 billion in sales and employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013. Express ranks as the largest franchised staffing company in the United States and the second largest privately held staffing company in North America. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.
Express launched in Canada in July 1996, with a franchise in London, Ontario, and since then, has expanded and grown in Canada significantly. There are currently 35 Express franchises in Canada - six in British Columbia, six in Alberta, and 23 in Ontario.
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