OTTAWA – Job vacancies and vacancy rates both rose in the fourth quarter, marking the ninth consecutive year-over-year increase, Statistics Canada reported on Monday.
From the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018, the number and rate of vacancies increased in all provinces except Saskatchewan.
Job vacancies increased in most economic regions and increased in the top 10 sectors.
The largest increases in job vacancies were in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
The number of job vacancies in Quebec increased by 25,000 (27.5 per cent) year-over-year in the fourth quarter. As a result, the province posted the third highest vacancy growth rate among the provinces, behind Prince Edward Island (up 58.1 per cent) and New Brunswick (up 29.9 per cent). hundred).
The increase in vacancies in Quebec was concentrated mainly in the health and social assistance, retail and manufacturing sectors. The highest year-over-year growth rate of 59.3 percent was observed in the construction sector.
In Ontario, the number of job vacancies increased by 27,000 (14.1 per cent) compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. This increase was spread across several sectors. Health care and social assistance, administrative and support services, and construction accounted for more than half of the growth in vacancies in the province.
In Atlantic Canada, employers reported having more vacancies compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.
The largest increase occurred in New Brunswick, where employers reported 2100 (29.9 per cent) more vacancies compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. In addition, the number of vacancies increased in New Brunswick. -Scotland (1000 over or 10.3 per cent), Newfoundland and Labrador (900 over or 25.6 per cent) and Prince Edward Island (800 over or 58 per cent) , 1 percent).
These increases coincided with declines in the unemployment rate from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018 in three of these four provinces (the unemployment rate was little changed in New Brunswick), according to Statistics Canada data.