The Prodigal Technician: Auto industry employment up 2.2 percent in Q1 2023, remains ‘robust’, DAC report says

Toronto, Ontario — A new report from DesRosiers Automotive Consulting (DAC) shows a partial parting of the clouds for auto industry employment, with trends showing an average uptick of 2.2 percent across all industry verticals in Q1 2023.

Automotive parts and accessories stores led the way this quarter, recording 8.9 percent employment growth year-over-year, followed by automotive repair and maintenance at 5.3 percent and vehicle manufacturing at 3.7 percent.

On the other side of the spectrum, metalworking machinery manufacturing and parts and accessories wholesales both saw dips in their labour pools, recording year-over-year decreases of 4.7 and 9.3 percent respectively.

“Despite a select few areas, the automotive industry saw notable increases in employment counts at the end of the first quarter” said DAC managing partner Andrew King.

“The auto industry has seen continued strength into 2023 as employment has remained robust.”

In total, the Canadian auto industry workforce was recorded at about 566,100 employees in March 2023, up from 554,200 recorded at the same time last year.

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