TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Feb. 6, 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 indicated employment increased by 35,000 in January and the unemployment rate declined to 6.6 per cent. The labour force participation rate remained at 65.7 per cent.
"The stable jobs report today for January is encouraging, especially if you take into account the heightened economic concerns and the harsh weather in many parts of Canada. January is typically a slower month of the year," Funk said. "Our franchisees remain cautiously optimistic about the staffing demand going forward."
A table (January unemployment numbers) is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/991051a.pdf.
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 $2.85 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.
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