Manufacturing industries have the largest share of jobs in the goods-producing sector in Ontario. But changes in the manufacturing sector have been reducing the number of manufacturing jobs – from 17.4 percent of all Ontario jobs in 2004 to 13.5 percent in 2008.
This chart shows that:
- The transportation equipment industry is Ontario’s largest manufacturing group, with about 20 percent of all manufacturing jobs. As this industry changes, and more advanced manufacturing processes are used, the greatest demand will be for highly skilled workers.
- The food, beverage, and tobacco products industry is the second largest industry group with 13 percent of manufacturing workers.
- Other manufacturing, including furniture and related products, petroleum and coal products, and non-metallic mineral products is the third largest industry employing 12 percent of manufacturing workers.
The computer and electronics industry is the sixth largest with a share of eight percent of manufacturing employment.