Oakville is a town in Southern Ontario, Canada with a population of over 193,000 as of 2016, 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 3,500 employees (down from 4,600 about a decade ago). 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. The auto manufacturers (and Ford in particular) were affected strongly by the recession pf 2008-2009, 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. However, Oakville's economy recovered and diversified somewhat, and the city has an unemployment rate that is significantly below the rest of Ontario and Canada. In 2016, Vicinity Jobs recorded close to 10,000 unique online postings for jobs in Oakville, and over 8,000 postings for jobs in Burlington. Many residents of Oakville and Burlington commute to Mississauga for work. Many also work in Toronto and use the GO commuter train to get to work each day.