Vacancies continue to rise in record numbers

Canada’s job vacancies continue to set a record month-on-month, Statistics Canada reports in its detailed mid-year job market survey.

Posted at 12:01

Martin Vallieres

Martin Vallieres
The press

In June, for the third straight month in a year, job vacancies rose 3.2% to a new high of one million thirty-seven thousand jobs open to employers in Canada. In the previous month of May, this figure amounted to one million five thousand vacancies.

Measured against total employment, the job vacancy rate in June was 5.9%. This is one percentage point higher than the 4.9% rate recorded a year earlier, in June 2021.

Among the most populous provinces, Quebec tops the list with a job vacancy rate measured at 6.7% in June. This is much higher than the 5.5% rate observed in Ontario and the 5% rate observed in Alberta, but slightly lower than the 7.1% rate observed in British Columbia.

In addition, Statistics Canada notes that the number of job vacancies now exceeds the number of unemployed in four provinces: Quebec, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Among the main sectors of activity, Statistics Canada notes that the hotel and restaurant sector continued to have the largest number and highest percentage of job openings at mid-year.

Health and social care is second in terms of the number of vacancies, but clearly ahead in terms of the increase in the number of vacancies compared to the previous year (+40%).

Rate of job vacancies by area of ​​activity

(from June 2022 in Canada)

Accommodation and catering services 12.2%
Construction 7.3%
Arts, entertainment and recreation 6.7%
Agriculture and forestry, fisheries 6.4%
Health and social care 6.3%
Waste and environmental management 6.2%
Professional and Technical Services 5.9%
Transport and storage 5.8%
Retail 5.4%
Cultural services, information 5.3%
Manufacturing 5%
All sectors 5.9%
Finance and insurance 4.9%
Real estate services 4.8%
Mining, Oil & Gas 3.8%
business administration 3%
Education 1.7%
Public administration 2.8%

Source: Statistics Canada

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