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Manitoba job vacancy rate held steady

Manitoba job vacancy rate held steady

Sep 01,2016

Canada’s job vacancy rate held constant at 2.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the recent report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The hold comes after three straight quarterly decreases and represents roughly 303,100 vacant full-time and temporary positions in Canada. In Manitoba, the private sector job vacancy rate held steady at 2.1 per cent, representing 8,600 unfilled jobs.

 “We’re viewing a balanced softness in Canada’s complete labor market,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB chief economist. “Weakness is still being fixed in the prairies where Alberta’s vacancy rate of 1.5 per cent is a record low for the 12 years we’ve been gathering the data.”

 British Columbia tends to have the highest vacancy rate in the country at 3.2 per cent, unaltered from Q1, representing 56,500 jobs.

 Among industries, agriculture and professional services saw an increase in vacancy rates, while notable declines were analyzed in resources, construction, manufacturing, transport, wholesale trade, hospitality and personal services.

 The outline shows a continuing clear relationship between job vacancies and wages. Businesses with at initial one vacancy reported planned average organization-wide wage increases of 1.8 per cent in Q2, 2016, while those fully staffed reported prepared increases of only 1.1 per cent.


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