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The Swing of Things: Desrosiers reports auto employment on slow recovery path

Toronto, Ontario – It may be slow and steady-going so far, but a recent report from Desrosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC) shows that employment in Canada’s automotive sector is on the recovery.

In Desrosiers’ Automotive Employment Q3 2020 report, released on Wednesday, the organization found that while recovery is slow so far, employment rates have climbed a single percent since the initial 13.9 percent decline brought on the first half of the year.

The motor vehicle manufacturing sector was dealt a one-two punch this year with pandemic lockdowns adding on to the 2019 closure of the Oshawa, Ontario GM plant. 

Employment rates for the manufacturing sector of the Canadian auto industry remained 18.3 percent below 2019 results, according to the report.

As well, automobile dealers, which saw a very large employment decrease of 38 percent in April were down 11 percent in September, and 16.6 percent year-to-date.

“The recovery process in employment has been slow for the automotive sector, claiming back just under fifteen thousand jobs relative to the first half, but signs of recovery are present nonetheless with improvements noted for key sub-sectors,” said Andrew King, managing partner at DAC.

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