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Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in January 2015

Released: 2015-04-21

Canadian businesses reported 225,000 job vacancies in January, up 33,000 compared with January 2014. For every job vacancy, there were 5.5 unemployed people, down from 6.8 the same month one year earlier. This decline in the ratio was the result of both fewer unemployed people and more job vacancies.

The national job vacancy rate was 1.5% in January, up from 1.3% recorded 12 months earlier.

For 2014 as a whole, there was an average of 230,000 job vacancies per month among Canadian businesses, little changed compared with 2013.

For every job vacancy, there were 5.8 unemployed people in 2014, down from 6.2 in 2013. The decline in the unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio was the result of fewer unemployed people, as the number of job vacancies was little changed. In 2012, the ratio was 5.5 unemployed people for every job vacancy.

  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, long-term 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.

The differences between estimates presented in the text are statistically significant at the 68% confidence level.

Historical revisions

With this release, the Job Vacancy Statistics data series have been historically revised. This is the result of revisions to the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours data, which are the source for job vacancy statistics, as well as revisions to the Labour Force Survey data, which are the source for unemployment data.

The job vacancies release for February will be on May 19.

An updated issue of the Guide to Job Vacancy Statistics (Catalogue number72-210-G) was released on March 31 and is available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

Contact information

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