Last year, as expected, was a bad one for a number of major employment sectors in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts, says The Labour Market Group.
The organization is a Workforce Planning Board that tracks labour data for the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts.
A report released by the group on April 5 shows job postings for manufacturing dropped 20.9 per cent, retail decreased 25.8 per cent, and administrative and support services fell 64.1 per cent.
The accommodation and food services group was down 15.3 per cent.
Only construction rose, at 6.5 per cent.
There may be some reason for optimism, however.
In February of this year, the report shows the total number of job postings at 295. That's up 80 postings from this January.
Health care and social services was most in need of employees, taking 23.4 per cent of all postings.
The top soft skills required in those postings were flexibility and communication.