CANADIAN LABOR MARKET: FACTS AND FIGURES 2017
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By: Tiya

May 11th, 2017

CANADIAN LABOR MARKET: FACTS AND FIGURES 2017

Doing a research on the Canadian labor market? Looking at job vacancy rates gives you a good indication of what jobs employers are looking to fill.

Here is peek at some of the latest facts and figures from the first quarter of 2017, according to data from the Government of Canada’s Job Bank, released in April.

For the first quarter of 2017, Canada had a record of 328, 000 job vacancies.

PROVINCE

# OF VACANCIES

British Columbia 60,100
Alberta 38,400
Saskatchewan 9,200
Manitoba 10,700
Ontario 138,600
Quebec 53,000
Newfoundland and Labrador 3,400
New Brunswick 4,600
Nova Scotia 8,100
Prince Edward Island 700
Northwest Territories 600
Yukon 500
Nunavut 300

 

There were fewer job vacancies in every province, except in Nunavut, in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2016. And the biggest shift is not surprisingly found in Alberta, with a drop in vacancies by almost half.

Where the jobs are

While this is probably not news to skilled immigrants having a hard time finding work in their field, more than a third of all job vacancies (115,000 or 34.9 percent) are related to sales and service occupations. The trades and transport sectors come next, with the second highest number of vacancies (42,000 or 12.8 percent).

While this is probably not news to skilled immigrants having a hard time finding work in their field, more than a third of all job vacancies (115,000 or 34.9 percent) are related to sales and service occupations. The trades and transport sectors come next, with the second highest number of vacancies (42,000 or 12.8 percent).

# OF VACANCIES

POSITIONS

18,000 Food counter sales attendants, kitchen helpers, and related support occupations
15,600 Retail sales persons
9,800 Chefs and Cooks
9,700 Motor vehicle and transit drivers
9,500 Customer and information services representatives
9,300 Computer and information systems professionals
8,900 Professional occupations in nursing
8,800 Human resources and business service professionals
8,700 Store shelf stockers and clerks and other related occupations
7,700 Food and beverage services
3,900 Trades helpers and laborers
3,600 Longshore workers and material handlers

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