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Employment and Education


According to the 2016 Census, London's unemployment rate was 7.9 per cent.  63.9% of people aged 15 and over worked in 2015; of those, 51.3% worked full time for the full year and 48.7% worked part of the year and/or part time.

In 2016, 9.7 per cent of workers were self-employed.  Similar to 2011, just over one-quarter of all workers worked in sales and service occupations.  The top 3 occupations for Londoners were sales and service (25.6%); business, finance and administration (14.7%); and education, law, social, community and government services (13.5%). The top 3 industries for Londoners were health care and social assistance (14.4%); retail trade (11.8%); and educational services (10.0%).


Similar to 2011 and to Ontario, over half (55.6 %) of Londoners age 15 years and over achieved postsecondary education and around  28% completed of a high school diploma or equivalent diploma.

16% of the 15+ years old Londoners reported that they didn’t have a certificate, diploma, or degree which is lower than Ontario (17.5%). Among postsecondary graduates (15+ years old), the most common area of study reported was business, management and public administration (19% of graduates) followed by Health and related fields (18%) and Architecture; engineering; and related technologies (17%).

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