According to Statistics Canada’s latest Job Vacancies, Payrolls and Earnings report, employers in Canada were actively seeking to fill about 1 million positions at the start of April, up 2.4% from previous months. and almost 45% compared to April last year (not seasonally adjusted).
Statistics Canada said the increase in April is largely due to seasonal reasons, as more jobs become vacant in the spring and summer.
Additionally, job vacancies hit a record high in Alberta and Ontario in April, with an average of 1.1 unemployed for each job vacancy, down from 1.2 in March and 2.4 from last year. the previous year (unadjusted data). There were nearly four unemployed workers for every job vacancy in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Job vacancies in the construction sector hit a new high of 89,900 in April, up 5.4% from March and nearly 45% from last April. Job vacancies also hit a record high in professional, scientific and technical services; transport and storage; finance and insurance, entertainment and recreation; and real estate.
Finally, the number of job vacancies in the health care and social assistance sector fell 15% 125,200 from its peak of 147,500 in March.
Wage employment continues to rise
The Statistics Canada report reveals that employment in all provinces has returned to or exceeded levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and British Columbia have exceeded their pre-pandemic employment levels the most. The employment levels are likely due to the fact that in April provinces relaxed public health measures allowing all businesses to operate without restrictions.
For the first time, employment in the educational services sector increased by 9,700 in April from the previous month, surpassing the February 2020 level before COVID-19. The increase was split between Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia, with elementary and secondary school services accounting for more than half of the monthly increase.
In addition, employment in the accommodation and food services sector has increased by more than 10% since February. Growth in the sector was observed in all provinces, particularly in Ontario and Quebec. Despite this, employment in the sector is still below pre-pandemic levels, which is likely due to the fact that there were fewer active businesses in accommodation and food services reported in February 2022. than before the pandemic.
Statistics Canada is scheduled to release May 2022 job vacancies data on July 28, 2022. The results of the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey for the second quarter of 2022 will be released on September 20, 2022.
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