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995000 Canada job vacancies

Nearly 995000 Canada job vacancies as of September 2022


Nearly 995000 Canada job vacancies reported

The latest Statistics Canada report on payroll employment and job vacancies shows nearly 995000 Canada job vacancies as of September 2022. Canada continues to experience severe labour shortages due to the pandemic and an ageing and retiring population. Canada’s conditions present great opportunities for foreign nationals who desire to move to Canada under any of its several economic immigration programs.

All major sectors are struggling to fill vacancies. Across all sectors, the number of job vacancies was up 3.8% (+36,300) to 994,800 in September.

Health Care and Social Assistance

Health care and social assistance saw 159,500 vacant positions in September, up from a record-high number of vacancies in August. Compared with September 2021, job vacancies were up 25.8% (+32,800), the largest year-over-year increase in job vacancies of any sector.

See also Record high Canada job vacancies in healthcare and social assistance sectors.

Accommodation and food services

In accommodation and food services, employers were actively seeking to fill 152,400 vacant positions in September, up 12.0% (+16,400) from the previous month. The increase was predominately due to seasonal variations. On a year-over-year basis, the number of job vacancies was down 19.6% (-37,100) in September. The job vacancy rate in this sector (10.4%) remained the highest among all sectors in September.

Construction

Job vacancies also rose 14.0% (+11,500) to 93,900 in construction in September. As in accommodation and food services, the increase largely reflected seasonal effects. Compared with September 2021, job vacancies in construction were up 14.9% (+12,200). The job vacancy rate was 7.4% in September 2022, up from 6.8% in September 2021.

Retail trade, professional, scientific and technical services

In September, the number of job vacancies in retail trade (117,300) and professional, scientific and technical services (61,900) was little changed but remained elevated. In September, the job vacancy rate in the retail trade sector was 5.5% and that in the professional, scientific and technical services sector was 5.0%.

Job vacancies decline in manufacturing

The number of job vacancies in the manufacturing sector decreased to 76,000 in September, down 11.3% from August and down 17.6% from its peak of 92,100 in April 2022. This drop occurred following the fourth decline in five months in the sector’s real gross domestic product recorded in August. From August to September, the job vacancy rate declined by 0.5 percentage points to 4.6%.