Unfilled Jobs in Alberta Higher than National Average

Nov 26, 2013

Alberta’s rate of unfilled private sector jobs continued to be above the national average in the third quarter of this year, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

In its Help Wanted report, which was released Tuesday, the CFIB said there were about 287,400 full and part-time positions unfilled or 2.4% across the country.

It said Saskatchewan had the highest provincial vacancy rate in the country at 4.0% this quarter, up from 3.9% the quarter before. Alberta’s rate was the same at 3.4%.

“More than half the job vacancies in Canada continue to occur in small businesses that employ less than 50 people,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB’s chief economist and vice-president, in a news release. “These firms have unique challenges that make finding and keeping workers with the right skill set more difficult.”

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