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
In June, job vacancies rose 3.2% year-on-year for the third straight month to a new high of 1,037,895 vacancies for employers in Canada. In the previous month of May there were still 1,005,660 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 major industries, Statistics Canada notes that the hotel, lodging and food service sector continues to have the highest number and 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, forestry and fisheries 6.4%
- Health and social care 6.3%
- Waste Management and Environment 6.2%
- All sectors 5.9%
- Professional and Technical Services 5.9%
- Transport and storage 5.8%
- Retail 5.4%
- Cultural and information services 5.3%
- Manufacturing 5%
- Finance and insurance 4.9%
- Real estate services 4.8%
- Mining, Oil & Gas 3.8%
- business administration 3%
- Public administration 2.8%
- Education 1.7%
Source: Statistics Canada