According to Statistics Canada’s latest report on job vacancies, salaries and earnings, employers in Canada were actively seeking to fill about 1 million jobs at the beginning of April, up 2.4% from previous months and about 45% from April last year (not seasonally).
Statistics Canada indicated that the increase in April was due in large part to seasonal reasons, as more jobs become vacant in the spring and summer.
Moreover, job vacancies hit a record high in Alberta and Ontario in April, with an average of 1.1 jobless people per job vacancy, down from 1.2 in March and 2.4 from the previous year (not seasonally adjusted). There were approximately four unemployed people for every vacancy in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The number of job vacancies in the construction sector reached a new high of 89,900 in April, up 5.4% from March and about 45% from last April. Also, vacancies reached a record number in professional, scientific and technical services. Transportation and storage. finance, insurance, entertainment and recreation; and real estate.
Finally, the number of job vacancies in the healthcare and social assistance sector is down by 15% 125,200 from its peak of 147,500 in March.
Salary employment continues to increase
Statistics Canada’s report reveals that employment in all provinces has either returned or exceeded levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and British Columbia have far exceeded pre-pandemic employment levels. Employment levels are likely due to the fact that as of April, counties have relaxed public health measures allowing all businesses to operate without restrictions.
For the first time, employment in the education services sector increased by 9,700 in April from the previous month, surpassing the February 2020 level prior to COVID 19. The increase was distributed across Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia, with primary and secondary school services accounting for more than half of the monthly increase.
In addition, employment in the accommodation and food services sector has risen more than 10% since February. Growth in this sector was seen in all provinces, especially Ontario and Quebec. Despite this, employment in this sector remains below the pre-pandemic level, which is likely due to the fact that there were fewer active businesses in accommodation and food services reported in February 2022 compared to the pre-pandemic period.
Statistics Canada is supposed to release May 2022 data for the vacancy on July 28, 2022. The results of the Vacancy and Wage Survey for the second quarter of 2022 will be released on September 20, 2022.
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