Fast Facts

Check out 2019 Unemployment Rates and Employment Numbers in Sarnia Lambton. Find current statistics and analysis on the labour force, population numbers, employment by industry or occupation and educational attainment.



Current Indicators

2019 Unemployment Rate (%)

Sarnia Lambton 6.3
Chatham-Kent 6.2
Windsor Essex 5.2
Economic Region 570 5.6

2019 Sarnia Lambton Employment Numbers

# of employed  persons 60900
# of unemployed persons 4100

*Statistics Canada. Labour Force Survey, 2018.

Note: Statistics Canada updates their estimates for labour force statistics. Published unemployment rates & employment numbers listed above are updated to reflect these changes.


Census Division and Subdivisions in Lambton County

The census divisions of Ontario are used by Statistics Canada to aggregate census data. The following chart depicts the population size of various cities in Lambton County in 2016.

2016 Population Sizes
Lambton County 126,638
Aamjiwnaang 639
Brooke-Alvinston 2,411
Dawn-Euphemia 1,967
Enniskillen 2,796
Kettle & Stony Point 1,011
Lambton Shores 10,631
Oil Springs 648
Petrolia 5,742
Plympton-Wyoming 7,795
Point Edward 2,037
 Sarnia 71,594
 St.Clair 14,086
 Walpole Island  1,589
 Warwick  3,692

*Source: Statistics Canada. 2017. Population and dwelling count highlight tables. 2016 Census. Catalogue no. 98-402-X2016001. Ottawa.


Labour Force Activity

Below are employment data ‘fast facts’ for the Sarnia Lambton community. For more detailed local labour market information, consult our Local Labour Market Reports.

Labour Force Activity 2011 2016
Population – 15 Years and Older 104,360 105,015
Workforce 62,155 61,465
Employed 56,245 56,485
Unemployed 5,910 4,975
Not in the Workforce 42,205 43,555
Participation Rate 59.6% 58.5%
Employment Rate 53.9% 53.8%
Unemployment Rate 9.5% 8.1%

*Source: Statistics Canada 2011, 2016



Employment Population Statistics

Below are population numbers for census division by industry and by occupation in Lambton County in 2016.

Employment by Industry (Top 10) 2016
Health Care and Social Assistance 7,670
Manufacturing 6,495
Retail Trade 6,490
Construction 4,910
Accommodation and Food Services 4,330
Educational Services 3,580
Other Services (Except Public Administration) 2,835
Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services 2,755
Professional, Scientific Technical Services 2,730
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 2,560

*Source: Statistics Canada 2016


Employment by Occupation (Top 10) 2016
Sales and Service 13,605
Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators 10,295
Business, Finance and Administration 6,975
Management 6,000
Education, Law and Social, Community and Government Services 5,620
Health 4,505
Natural and Applied Sciences 3,775
Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities 3,300
Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Production 1,485
Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport   920

*Source: Statistics Canada 2016



Educational Attainment

Below is a chart depicting Lambton County’s overall Educational Attainment for those aged 15 years and over, 2016

Educational Attainment 2016
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree 17,615
High School Certificate or Equivalent 30,835
Apprenticeship, Trades Certificate or Diploma 11,075
College, CEGEP or other Non-University Certificate or Diploma 29,275
University Certificate, Diploma or Degree or Above 14,825

*Source: Statistics Canada 2016


Employers: Top Industries

Below are the top industries in which large, medium and small employers operate in Lambton County.

Large employers (500 employees and over)

Industry # of Large Businesses
Educational services 2
Hospitals 2
Heavy and civil engineering construction 1
 Ambulatory health care services 1
 Chemical manufacturing 1
 Pipeline transportation 1
 Total 8


Medium employers (100-499 employees)

Industry # of Medium Businesses
Nursing and residential care 7
Chemical manufacturing 6
Professional, scientific and technical services 6
Specialty trade contractors 4
Social assistance 4
Petroleum and coal product manufacturing 4
 Local public administration 4
 Total (not all are listed here) 74


Small employers (1-99 employees)

Industry # of Small Businesses
Specialty trade contractors 276
Professional, scientific and technical services 254
Ambulatory health care services 244
Food services and drinking places 232
Crop production 149
 Religious, grant-making, civic and professional and similar organizations 144
 Total (not all are listed here)  3529

Source: Statistics Canada. Canadian Business Counts, December 2017.
Note: Data source counts each location as a separate business entity.