Soon one million job vacancies in Canada

The number of vacancies reached 994,800 in September in Canada, up 3.8% from August 2022 (958,500), according to the latest Statistics Canada data released on Thursday.

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The number of vacancies in September was little changed from September 2021, Statistics Canada said.

The job vacancy rate was 5.7% in September, up from 5.4% in August, but down from 5.9% in September 2021.

The number of vacancies in accommodation and food services increased by 12% (+16,400) compared to the previous month to reach 152,400, mainly due to seasonal jobs. In the construction sector, this number also increased by 14% (+11,500) to reach 93,900.

Job vacancies in health care and social assistance were almost unchanged from August. In total, 159,000 positions remain vacant in this sector, compared to 152,000 a month earlier.

“Compared to September 2021, the number of job vacancies was up 25.8% (+32,800), which represents the largest 12-month increase in the number of job vacancies among all sectors”, underlined the federal agency.

In September, there was, on average, 1 unemployed person for every job vacancy in Canada, down from 1.3 in August, due to a drop in unemployment (-289,300) in September and an increase in number of vacancies (+36,300) during the month.

Quebec has one of the highest job vacancy rates

British Columbia (6.5%; 160,000 vacancies), Quebec (6.2%; 245,900) and Ontario (5.5%; 375,700) are the provinces with the highest rates. vacancies in Canada, in September 2022.

Statistics Canada also reported that the average weekly wage rose 3.5% year-over-year in September to $1,175, which is comparable to the rise seen in August.

New Brunswick (+6.3% to $1,082.99), Quebec (+3.7%; $1,118.25), Ontario (+3.6%; $1,206.70) and Nova Scotia (+3.6%; 1020.83) recorded the largest 12-month increases in average weekly earnings in September.


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