Canadian employers reported 392,000 job vacancies in the second quarter, and the job vacancy rate was 2.5%.
Compared with the second quarter of 2015, the number of job vacancies declined by 45,000 (-10.3%), and the job vacancy rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points.
Job vacancy rate declines in most provinces and territories
In the second quarter, the job vacancy rate declined in seven provinces and in all of the territories compared with the same quarter a year earlier. Provincially, the largest decreases were observed in Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Over the same period, the job vacancy rate was little changed in Prince Edward Island, Quebec and British Columbia.
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.
Job vacancy rate by province and territory, second quarter 2015 and second quarter 2016, %
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