Canada job vacancies May 2022. Canada has reported a record-high of 1,012,900 job vacancies in report released by Statistics Canada on May 26, 2022.
There was an increase of 186,400 vacancies between February and March 2022 alone.
There were more paid jobs in all but two of Canada’s 10 provinces in March 2022 than there were before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The job vacancy rate measures the number of vacant positions as a proportion of vacant and filled positions.
Canada job vacancies increased by more than one third in both accommodation and food services as well as retail trade. Employers in accommodation and food services had about 158,100 positions, and retail employers had some 109,200 vacancies.
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Before March 2022, Canada job vacancies had fallen for five consecutive months due to seasonal patterns with increased economic activity driving higher demand for labour.
A record-low unemployment rate of 5.3 per cent and record high 88.6 per cent labour force participation rate resulted in an average of 1.2 unemployed people for each job vacancy in March, down from 1.4 in February and 2.6 in March 2021.
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Vacancies increased in accommodation and food services and retail trade
In the accommodation and food services sector, the number of vacancies rose 37.2% (+42,900) in March 2022. Following this increase, employers were seeking to fill a total of 158,100 positions. The job vacancy rate was 12.8%, the highest across all sectors for the 11th consecutive month (not seasonally adjusted).
There were 109,200 job vacancies in retail trade in March, up 37.2% (+29,600) from February. Following this increase, vacancies in the sector were 40.7% (+31,600) higher than in March 2021 (not seasonally adjusted).
According to Statistics Canada, employers in health care and social assistance were seeking to fill a record-high 154,500 vacant positions in March 2022, up 16.0% (+21,300) from February. The job vacancy rate climbed to a new high of 6.6% in March after plateauing at 5.8% during the previous three months.
The number of vacancies also rose to an unprecedented high (81,900) in the construction sector in March. The increase in the month (+26.6%; +17,200) followed five consecutive monthly declines and the job vacancy rate reached a record high of 7.3%, up 1.3 percentage points from February.
Canada provincial job vacancies
On a month-over-month basis, job vacancies increased in all provinces in March 2022. The largest increases were in Saskatchewan (+49.4% to 26,600), Nova Scotia (+45.6% to 23,000), and Newfoundland and Labrador (+43.1% to 8,300). The number of vacancies reached a record high in Nova Scotia (23,000), Manitoba (30,000), Saskatchewan (26,600), and British Columbia (178,300).
There was an average of 1.2 unemployed people for each job vacancy in March 2022, down from 1.4 in February and from 2.6 one year earlier (not seasonally adjusted). Statistics Canada said this decline coincides with a number of Labour Force Survey indicators which pointed to an increasingly tight labour market. This included a record-low unemployment rate of 5.3% and a record-high core-age (aged 25 to 54 years) labour force participation rate of 88.6% (data from the Labour Force Survey are seasonally adjusted).
The unemployment-to-job vacancy ratios varied across Canada, with the lowest ratios in Quebec (0.8) and British Columbia (0.8), and the highest in Newfoundland and Labrador (4.3). A lower ratio indicates a tighter labour market and possible labour shortages.
“All provinces, with the exception of Alberta, which saw a drop of 12,700 paid jobs, and Newfoundland and Labrador, which saw a decline of 1,700, had, in March, surpassed their payroll employment level in February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Statistics Canada.
Seven provinces recorded payroll employment increases, while there was little change in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. All provinces, with the exception of Alberta (-12,700; -0.6%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (-1,700; -0.8%), surpassed their February 2020 numbers (before the COVID-19 pandemic).
The province of Quebec (+57,100; +1.5%) recorded the largest payroll employment increase in March 2022. This was due to gains in the accommodation and food services sector (+20,400; +9.1%)as the province reopened bars, taverns and casinos on February 28, 2022.
Nationally, payroll employment gains in the services-producing sector went up by over 103,400 positions or 0.7%). The increase led by accommodation and food services (+46,200; +4.0%) and retail trade (+14,800; +0.7%). In the goods-producing sector, payroll employment increased by 9,400 (+0.3%), with gains in manufacturing (+5,100; +0.3%) and mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (+2,100; +1.1%).
Retail trade and accommodation/food services increased
Payroll employment in retail trade rose by 14,800 (+0.7%) in March 2022. And, for the first time, surpassed its pre-pandemic level, increasing by 9,600 (+0.5%) compared with February 2020. Payroll employment in the sector was either on par with or higher than in February 2020 in all provinces except Ontario (-5,400; -0.7%) and Manitoba (-2,100; -3.0%).
Nationally, the retail trade sector reported payroll employment increases, led by food and beverage stores (+7,400; +1.4%) and clothing and clothing accessories stores (+3,300; +1.7%).
Payroll employment increased in the accommodation and food services sector (+46,200; +4.0%) in March 2022. Gains were mainly attributed to food services and drinking places (+39,500; +4.0%). Quebec (+20,400; +9.1%) and Ontario (+15,800; +3.8%) were the source of over three-quarters of the gain.
In the arts, entertainment and recreation sector, which also benefitted from the easing of indoor capacity limits in March, payroll employment increased by 10,400 (+4.0%) in the month. Many of the gains were in amusement, gambling and recreation industries (+7,700; +4.1%). Quebec (+5,900; +11.4%) and Ontario (+2,700; +2.7%) accounted for the majority of the gain.
While total payroll employment in food and beverage stores was above its pre-pandemic level (+8,700; +1.6%) in March, industries within this subsector had not recovered at the same pace. In the grocery stores industry, payroll employment was 2.8% above its pre-pandemic level in March. In the beer, wine and liquor stores industry, on the other hand, payroll employment was 5.1% (-2,600) below its February 2020 employment level.
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