Express Employment: New Year Brings New Job Opportunity

Hiring Trend in Canada Continues to be Positive

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Jan. 9, 2015) - Bob Funk, the CEO of the second largest privately held staffing company in North America, today issued the following statement in response to the latest Statistic Canada Labour Force Survey which showed the Canadian economy held steady and continued its positive trend in December with an unemployment rate of 6.6 per cent. The labour force participation rate remained at 65.9 per cent.

"The new year is bringing in new opportunities, and now continues to be a good time to go out and look for a new job. While we see the month-to-month job numbers tend to fluctuate, the overall trend in Canada continues to be positive," Funk said. "The one cautionary signal is the stubborn labour force participation rate, which means we still aren't doing a good enough job getting people back into the workforce."

December unemployment numbers of note from across Canada:

Brantford 6.2%     unchanged
Calgary 4.8% slightly higher
Edmonton 5.0% slightly lower
Guelph 4.4% unchanged
Halifax 5.4% slightly lower
Hamilton 5.6% unchanged
Kelowna 3.9% lower (down from 5.2%)
Oshawa 6.5% slightly lower
Ottawa-Gatineau     6.1% unchanged
Montreal 8.1% slightly lower
Saskatoon 3.7% unchanged
Toronto 7.8% unchanged
Victoria 4.9% unchanged
Vancouver 5.9% unchanged
Windsor 9.3% slightly higher


If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488.

About Robert A. Funk

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.

About Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated more than $2.85 billion in sales and employed more than 450,000 people in 2014. 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 across Canada significantly. There are currently 34 Express franchises in Canada - five in British Columbia, six in Alberta, and 22 in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia.

SOURCE  Express Employment Professionals

Media Contacts:

Kellie Major
613.222.7488
kellie@mapleleafstrategies.com

Sherry Kast
405.717.5966
sherry.kast@expresspros.com

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