Brossard is part of the Montérégie region of Quebec. This is the second most inhabited region in the province, having demonstrated some of the strongest growth rates in Quebec in the last 30 years. Economic development in the area outperforms nearby counterparts, with Montérégie accounting for 30 percent of complex processing jobs in Quebec, and over a quarter of jobs in consumer goods manufacturing. Brossard has a population of 79,273 in 2011. The city's growth rate of 11.4 percent from 2006 far outstrips the national average of 5.9 percent.
Brossard Job Opportunities
Brossard's economy is fueled primarily by its retail and service sectors. The Champlain Mall and Quartier Dix30 are two of the largest and most prominent retail destinations in the area. The city also supports an industrial park with a combination of both light and medium industry.
In Montérégie as a whole, the primary employment sectors are agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting as well as mining, oil, and gas extraction. The secondary sector includes construction and manufacturing with utilities and services in the tertiary sector. These industries supply ample employment opportunities for job seekers in and around Brossard.
Brossard Employment Trends
The Montérégie region has a low unemployment rate of 6.5 percent that decreased steadily between 2010 and 2012. Projected retirement rates in the coming months may bring regional unemployment below six percent in 2016. Employment growth has been most significant in production services, with regional growth of 1.5 percent. The services sector grew 1.3 percent and public and parapublic services saw growth rates of 1.2 percent.
Though agriculture represents one of the primary sectors in the Montérégie region, it saw a 0.3 percent decrease in employment between 2013 and 2015. Mining jobs exhibited growth of 0.8 percent over the same period, providing some new opportunities for job seekers in the area.