Alberta job vacancy rate highest in Canada

Jun 17, 2014

Alberta had the highest job vacancy rate in the country in March, according to Statistics Canada.

The federal agency reported Tuesday that the province’s job vacancy rate was 2.3% in March, down from 2.5% in March 2013.

Nationally, the job vacancy rate was 1.4%, down from 1.5%.

The job vacancy rate is the number of vacant positions divided by total labour demand which includes occupied positions plus vacant ones.

In March, Alberta had 46,300 job vacancies which was down slightly from 47,600 a year ago. In Canada, the number of job vacancies dropped to 206,200 from 222,900 last year.

Statistics Canada said Alberta also had the lowest unemployment-to-job vacancy ratio in the country. For every job vacancy in the province there were 2.4 unemployed people, which was up slightly from 2.2 last year. In Canada, for every job vacancy, there were 6.8 unemployed people, up from 6.3 in March 2013.

Original Calgary Herald article can be found here.