Job vacancies hit a record-high last quarter across the country, according to Statistics Canada.
New figures released on Tuesday show employers were actively seeking 997,000 vacant positions in the second quarter. That is an increase of 4.7 percent from the first quarter, and 42.3 percent higher than in the second quarter of 2021.
Since the first quarter of 2020, growth in labour demand has exceeded growth in payroll employment, resulting in record high job vacancies,” said the report.
Job vacancies were up in six provinces, including Nova Scotia and Ontario, but decreased in New Brunswick, according to StatCan.
There were 136,100 job vacancies in the health care and social assistance sector, little changed from the record high of the previous quarter. The job vacancy rate in the sector was 5.9 percent for Canada as a whole.
Job vacancies held steady across most health occupations, said the report, including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, and licensed practical nurses, among others.
“Lately, staff shortages in the health care sector have led many hospitals to announce temporary reductions in services, including in their emergency rooms,” said StatCan.
Vacancies in the accommodation and food services sector rose 12.7 percent to 149,600 in the second quarter. The job vacancy rate in the sector was 10.9 percent, the highest across all sectors since last summer.
StatCan said the increases in vacancies were spread across many occupations, including food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, cooks, and food and beverage servers.
The number of vacant jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services sector reached a high of 74,600 in the second quarter, up 7.9 percent from the first quarter.
Vacancies rose in professional occupations in natural and applied sciences; technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences; and professional occupations in business and finance.
The number of job vacancies in retail trade, manufacturing and construction was little changed from their respective record highs of the previous quarter, according to the report.
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