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Survey shows 3.3 people available to fill every job vacancy

Published by Steve Coleman on January 24, 2012

A new survey looking at the number of available jobs in Canada says there were 3.3 people waiting in the wings to fill every vacant position between July and the end of September.

The new Statistics Canada survey says businesses had an average of 248,000 job vacancies during the three-month period, but competition was more fierce for some positions than it was for others.

Of the 10-largest industrial sectors surveyed during the period, educational services had the highest ration of unemployed to vacancies in September. There were 10 unemployed people per job vacancy.
Construction was second with a 5.1 job vacancy ratio.

Wholesale trade and health care and social assistance had the lowest ratios. Both were 1.4 for the inaugural snapshot.

Nation-wide, Canada's job vacancy rate was 1.7 per cent for the period. The unemployment rate was about seven per cent.

Saskatchewan and Alberta were tied for the number of empty job openings at 2.6 per cent. Prince Edward Island was the lowest at 1.2 per cent.

In terms of most likely to be vacant, administrative and support services were most likely to be the ones looking to fill positions. The field had 20,000, a 2.6 per cent vacancy ratio.

Professional, scientific and technical services had 20,000 vacancies and a 2.5 per cent vacancy rate.
Educational services was the field with the country's lowest vacancy rate. Stats Can reported a 1.1 per cent rate with 10,000 vacancies.

Mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction reported the highest vacancy rate in September. The 9,000 available jobs meant a four per cent vacancy rate in the industry. Among all sectors, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction had the lowest unemployment-to-job vacancy ratio in September, with 1.1 unemployed people per job vacancy.

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