Canadian employers wanted to fill 997,000 positions in the second quarter

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Canadian Employers wanted to fill 997,000 positions in the second quarter

This is the highest quarterly job vacancies on record, according to Statistics Canada.

Canadian employers were actively seeking to fill 997,000 job vacancies in the second quarter, the highest quarterly number on record, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday.

The number of job vacancies for the period three months was up 4.7%, or 45,000 seats, from the first quarter, and 42.3%, or 296,500 seats, from the second quarter of last year.

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The job vacancy rate, the number of job vacancies expressed as a proportion of total labor demand, was 5.7%, which was also a record.

The health care and social assistance sector had 136,100 job vacancies in the second quarter, compared to 135,300 in the first quarter. This was an increase of 28.8%, or 30,500 positions, on an annual basis.

At the same time, job vacancies in the accommodation and food services industry increased by 12.7%, or 16,800 jobs, quarter-over-quarter to 149,600 jobs. in the second quarter.

There were also a record number of job vacancies in the professional, scientific and technical services sector, at 74,600 positions, which represented an increase by 7.9% compared to the first quarter.

The number of job vacancies increased in six provinces from the first to the second quarter, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The largest increases were seen in Ontario (6.6%), British Columbia (5.6%).

The number of vacancies decreased by 6.1 % in New Brunswick.

In Quebec, the number of job vacancies rose 2.4% to 248,100 in the second quarter.

There were an average of 1.1 unemployed for every job vacancy in the country in the second quarter, Statistics Canada said, compared to 1.3 in the first quarter and 2.3 in the second quarter of 2021.

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