Oakville is a town in Southern Ontario, Canada with about 165,000 residents, part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Oakville (and Burlington - imediate to the West) is located between Mississauga and Hamilton. The town is the seat of the regional municipal government of Halton Region, of which it is part. Like jobs in Oshawa and in Brampton, Oakville's jobs are strongly affected by the car manufacturing industry. Ford has its Canadian headquarter in Oakville, and is the town largest employer, with some 4,600 employees. There are many manufacturing jobs in Oakville, as well as assembly jobs, engineering jobs, and management jobs.
Like in other parts of the GTA, administrative jobs account for a significant portion of Oakville's hiring demand -- however, the share of these jobs declined significantly during the recession of 2008 and 2009. The auto manufacturers (and Ford in particular) were affected strongly by the recession, and this resulted in many layoffs and a disproportionatly high drop in the hiring demand in Oakville. At the same time, Jobs in Mississauga (located immediately to the East) were affected less by the recession, so it is possible to see more Oakville residents getting jobs that will require them to commute to Mississauga. Many also work in Toronto and commute to Toronto on a daily basis.