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Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in November 2013

Released: 2014-02-18

There were 220,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses in November, a decline of 22,000 compared with November 2012. There were 5.6 unemployed people for every job vacancy compared with 5.2 one year earlier.

The national job vacancy rate was 1.5% in November, down from 1.6% 12 months earlier.

  Note to readers

Monthly data are based on three-month moving averages. For example, data for the current month are based on an average of the data from the current month and the previous two months.

Data on job vacancies are not seasonally adjusted and should only be compared on a year-over-year basis. Given this is a new data series, trends are not yet available; therefore, data should be interpreted with caution.

With each release, data for the current reference month are subject to revision. Data have been revised for the previous month. Users are encouraged to request and use the most up-to-date data for each month.

This analysis focuses on differences between estimates that are statistically significant at the 68% confidence level.

Upcoming revisions

Revised job vacancy statistics will be available with the release of the January 2014 data on April 15. This is the result of revisions to the Survey of Employment Payrolls and Hours (SEPH) data, which is the source for job vacancy statistics. With the March 31 release of the January SEPH data, SEPH is incorporating an additional method for assigning 2012 NAICS codes to businesses, as well as some historical revisions.

The job vacancies release for December will be on March 18.

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