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Canada – 6.8 unemployed people for every job vacancy in March

Canadian businesses reported 206,000 job vacancies in March, down 17,000 compared with 12 months earlier. For every job vacancy, there were 6.8 unemployed people, up from 6.3 in March 2013, the result of fewer job vacancies.

Unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio increases in Quebec and Saskatchewan

In Quebec, there were 10.1 unemployed people for every job vacancy, up from 7.5 in March 2013, as there were fewer job vacancies in the province.

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Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  The Daily — Job vacancies, three-month average ending in March 2014.

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