This table shows which regions in Canada had the greatest number of job vacancies (level of unoccupied positions) for the last quarter of 2016. (Note 5 of the ten are in BC). According to StatsCan there were 402,000 jobs vacant in Canada at the end of 2016 with a portion of those in BC.
Now past rates don’t indicate future trends but if these regions have had a difficult time finding employees a few months ago, that trend may continue for a while. So, if you are looking for work and are open to travel to a different region, these 10 are good options. Employers are looking for smart, educated employees, self directed and willing employees. Take time to research each region through a local Labour Market site.
July 2014 Labour Force Survey
Brief adapted from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140808/dq140808a-eng.htm?cmp=mstatcan
Summer employment for students*
Age Unemployment Rate
20 – 24 8%
17 – 19 16.8%
15 – 16 28%
30,000 more students aged 20 to 24 were employed in July 2014 compared to July 2013 resulting in an unemployment rate of 8% and employment rate of 70%, little changed when compared with a year earlier.
According to the LFS most of the increase occurred in part-time employment.
For students aged 17 to 19, the July 2014 unemployment rate was unchanged at 16.8% with an employment rate of 58.5% both rates similar to those observed in July 2013.
Students aged 15 to 16, suffered an unemployment rate of 28.0%, with an employment rate of 29.6%, virtually unchanged compared with July 2013.
*NOTE: The Labour Force Survey collects labour market data from May to August, about young people (students) aged 15 to 24 who were attending school full time in March and who intend to return to school full time in the fall. Statistical comparisons are on a year-over-year basis, as the published data is not seasonally adjusted.
Province Unemployment rate
New Brunswick 9.8
Nova Scotia 9.1
Prince Edward Island 9.4
**Note: Adjusted to US concepts
For further information, see “The labour market in Canada and the United States since the last recession, 2007 to 2014.” http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140730/dq140730b-eng.htm
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