London, Ontario, with a population of 352,395, is a city located half way between Windsor and Toronto in Middlesex County in South Western Ontario. It is on highway 401 and is easily accessed by all methods of transportation. London is a city with a proud tradition of enterprise, innovation and creativity. Foreign Direct Investment in its 2007/2008 rankings identified London as being "Top Ten - Overall" in its "Cities of the Future" awards based on research indicators such as regional economic performance, location costs, quality of life, and more. Jobs in London are expected to expand 46,855 persons over the period 2001-2031. This represents an average annual rate of growth of 0.8 percent.
From May 2010 to May 2011, the number of jobs in London remained relatively unchanged with gains in full-time employment more than offsetting the losses in part-time employment. The labour force declined as fewer people were looking for work. The number of unemployed people fell by 1,300 from May 2010 to May 2011. As a result, the unemployment rate decreased from 8.8 percent to 8.5 percent from May 2010 to May 2011.
Noted for its economic diversity, London is the Canadian headquarters or major production centre for such prominent companies as 3M Canada, EllisDon, Kellogg Canada, Labatt, Diamond Aircraft and Trojan Technologies. London is the Southwestern Ontario centre for business, education and health care and is a major transportation hub. According to the Middlesex County website, jobs in London are dominated in the occupations of sales and service at 24.2 percent followed by 17.6 percent of jobs in London being in business, finance and administration, and 14.2 percent of jobs in London being in trades, transportation and equipment operators. Classified by industry, jobs in London are mostly represented in the business services industry, followed by manufacturing at 13.8 percent and the health care and social services industry at 12.5 percent. Many of the companies in London are in small-medium sized enterprises.
Some of the largest employers for jobs in London are the London Health Sciences Centre, Thames Valley District School Board, St. Joseph's Health Care London, University of Western Ontario, TD Canada Trust, London Life Insurance Company, General Dynamics, London District Catholic School Board, Bell Canada, and Sun Valley Foods.