June 30, 2003

Employment growth in York Region exceeds provincial and national average

NEWMARKET Employment growth in York Region now exceeds both provincial and national averages concludes the Employment and Industry 2002 survey recently released.

"The results are fantastic," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "Economic strength allows the Region to build on its enviable quality of life."

Produced annually, the Employment and Industry 2002 report provides insight into emerging patterns of employment growth and economic development within York Region.

"Close monitoring of employment trends and business movement is an integral element of York Region's growth management strategy," said Markham Regional Councillor Frank Scarpitti, Chair of the Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee. "This report provides Regional Council and the public and private sector with information to develop precise economic investment strategies."

The report is based on information collected from a door-to-door survey conducted with businesses located in selected employment areas and rural community centres in York Region between May and August of 2002. Over 10,600 companies were surveyed throughout the Region.

Highlights of the Employment and Industry 2002 report include:

York Region's Employment and Industry 2002 will be available from the York Region Planning and Development Services Department at the end of July. It will also be available from the York Region Web site at www.region.york.on.ca


Contact: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238

- Email: wendy.lewis@region.york.on.ca

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