While the Canada job openings number increased by 12,200 on a year-over-year basis, the number fell by 18,700 related to the past quarter of 2019. The year-over-year improvement was at the slowest pace observed since the 3rd quarter of 2016.
Notable vacancy increase rates were seen in the province of Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Yukon, while the significant drops were seen in the provinces of Prince Edward Island Alberta, and British Columbia.
The health care and retail trade sectors saw the most significant increases in openings, while warehousing and manufacturing saw drops.
Newfoundland province reported a 20.4% year-on-year rise in job openings in the third quarter, relating to 800 jobs. It was the Newfoundland province’s sixth continuous quarter of year-on-year growth.
In the province of Nova Scotia, the number of job openings was up 16.2% or 1,900 jobs. Increases were centered on health care, retail trade, and social assistance.
Quebec also saw openings increase by 16.2%, relating to 19,100 jobs in the province of French-speaking.
Quebec vacancy gains were spread over various industries, with almost half estimated for by health care, retail trade, and social assistance.
British Columbia and Alberta, meanwhile, both saw notable declines, 3.9% (equal to 4,300 jobs) and 10% (equal to 5,900 jobs) respectively.
Overall, the sector of retail trade saw further 9,400 openings related to a year earlier. These comprise jobs at parts dealers and motor vehicles, food and beverage stores, and garden equipment and building material and supplies dealers.
The social assistance and health care sector saw an extra 2,800 openings, lead by increases in the province of Quebec.
Vacancy drops were seen in the manufacturing sector (-3,100) and transportation and warehousing sector (-4,200).
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