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Canada  — Job vacancy was 2.6% in the first quarter of 2015

There were almost 400,000 job vacancies in Canada and the job vacancy rate was 2.6% in the first quarter—as indicated by a new survey conducted in early 2015.

This is the first release of the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS). This release draws on data from the job vacancy component of this survey, with information on job vacancies by occupation, province, territory and economic region. (See the note to readers for information about this new survey and how it was conducted).

Chart 1
Job vacancy rate by province and territory, first quarter 2015

Job vacancy rates across Canada

In general, Western Canada had higher job vacancy rates than did Central and Eastern Canada. Yukon (3.9%), Alberta (3.5%), and British Columbia (3.3%) had the highest job vacancy rates, while New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (both at 1.7%) had the lowest rates for the first quarter.

The job vacancy rate refers to the share of jobs that are unfilled out of all payroll jobs available. It represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand; that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

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The 10 major occupational groups (two-digit NOC¹) with the highest number of job vacancies, first quarter 2015

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at The Daily — Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, first quarter 2015.

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