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MONTHLY LABOR REPORT, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914
MONTHLY LABOR REPORT
The current number of the '.Journal of th" Departmem: of Labor' contains the following relating to the conditions of emplovmem in Drne.lin duritiu' Ortolier :
There is a veiy 'inliccabl" improvement in several trades since the !a.-t report, espr-c-ially the clothimr trade, which is now busy in all its branches. The buildin:: trade is stiil quiet, as are also several branches nt th» engineering trades, but oilier industries are showing an improvement. Retail trades are also improving, and it is noticeable that, the mmihcr of workmen in scatch of employment is gradunil- - decreasing. hoildin- Tiadrs.—Brie!cla> iiiL' : Kairlv good ; sevevni job-- are goinu' on, and all journeymen are in employim-nt. C'arpentrv and joinery has been very dull, butlately all available bihnr has bec-u emTilf/yed in iittincr up troopships. Painting lia.-.' beo:i very quiet, and 20 hands have been constantly idle, whilst others hare been working 'broken time. Idasterim; : Steadv work has been done, and at pre-.-■ent there are only two or three tradesmen out of work. Plumbing and gasiitting mav Ik; teuned as spasmodic in most shops, although there are few hands idle, several n-cn are not working full time. Stonenaiscnry : Dull : very little work is offeriiiL' and ihe ptos|>ects are not good. Woodworking Trades. Boxmaking : Bi.py : all hand.s are b"ing fully employed. Cabinetmakintr and upholstering: Very dull; the t-ecretary of tho union rejiorts that at least. 20 men are idle. Cooperim: : Steady ; no fluctuation noticeable rime last lrport. Sash and door factories and sawmilling: Thcic is no improvement to report in these branches; trade is dull, and no mills are working full-handed. Woodturnine. et?. ■■ Quiet, on account of crcnerd slackness in the furniture trade. I-mifiT-cring Trades.—Acricultural implement" making: Trade w fair, being very little below the averaL'c of tiie same period in other \ears. Boilcrmakinsr : Trade io slack, and' most firms are working ono dayshort per week. Bra:-.* and eoppersmithing : lieportß show that- business is. quite up to the. average, with good prospects. Electrical engineering cotitinuos quiet, ami shows a failing oil since last report. Fittin a ar.d turning: Quiet; most tradesmen art; losing from one and a-halt to two day* per wee!:. Iron and brass moulding: Trade, is good, and all firms are working full time. Range makinc : Fairly good; a marked improvement this month is noticeable.
Leather Tracks.—Boot making (factories) : Busy on ihe lighter class of work, but only fair on the heavier grades. Severn] heavy hands arc only partially employed, whilst work could be" found for several henchmen and one finisher on light work. Bootina!;. ing (repair shop?) : Fairly busy, all workers being in full emplnymnnt. Saddlery and h,-:mess-making : Very busy during 'be moi.th on work connected with the Expeditionary Forces.
Clnthi'ng Trades.—Dressmaking and millinery : Trade has greatly improved, and reports from all sources indicate that, busit ess is much a hove the. average for the season of the year. Shirt-making: Busy: operatives are working full time. Tailoring factories) : Very busy ; in several instances extra workers are required. Tailoring (order) : Employers report plenty of work on hand, and in some shops employment could be found for extra hands. Woollm-milling: Busy.
R--tail Trades.—Clothing a.nd A slight, improvement, has taken place this month, but business is still on the quiet side. Boohs: Business is only fair. Groceries: The demand is only for actual necessaries : no inclination to buy luxuries. Printing Trades.— Bookbinding: Fairly good ; all hands are working full time. Piiuting: Trade is steady. Meat' Freezing. Etc —Tanning, currying, and fellmongering: Tanning and currying are busy, but fellmongering is quiet. Slaughtering, freezing, and preserving are now busy, and ihe season is likely to be a good one
fVviohbuilding Tiadrs.—Blaeksmithi-ng : Quiet ; theie are a number of tradesmen out of work. Coach, carriage, and tramcar building : Only fair, but- trade shows a slight improvement since the last report. Cycle and Motor Trades.—Reports show that repairing departments arc busy and that men are working full time, but few f-alcs are made, as no shipments are coming forward owing to the war. Agricultural Operations.—Farming, dairying, etc. : There has been very little demand for faim hands. Dairying shows a considerable improvement, and there is now a demand for milkers.
Miscellaneous.—Hat aud cap making conticnues to be busy, and a fair amount of overtime Ls being worked. Flour-milling: Very busy extra shifts arc being worked. Biscuit and confectionery manufacturing: Busy throughout. Unskilled Labor.—Conditions in regard to this class of labor have improved during tho month. There has been a better demand for workers, principally on Government works, whilst the number of men calling at this office in search of employment shows a considerable decrease on that of tho previous period. During the month 138 men—62 married and 76 single have registered their names for employment. Of this number 87 w«re assisted, 43 being sent to Government works arid 44 to private employment.
MONTHLY LABOR REPORT, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914
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