StatsCan says 5.8 people jobless for every vacancy in March, down from 2011

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OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says there was an average of 248,000 job vacancies in the country in three-month period ended in March, up 19,000 from the same period in 2011.

However, it says there were just 5.8 unemployed people for every vacancy, down from 6.5 in March 2011.

The agency says the decline in the ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was a result of both the increase in vacancies and a decline in the number of unemployed people.

There were 16 people for every vacancy in Newfoundland and Labrador in March, 13.6 in New Brunswick and 10.2 in Nova Scotia, little changed from the previous year.

The ratios in Ontario and Quebec were also little changed at 7.6 and 7.2 respectively, while Alberta had the lowest ratio, with 1.8 people out of work for every job vacancy.

The construction sector had the biggest decline in the unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio, with 8.3 unemployed people for every vacant job in the quarter ended in March, down from 14.4 in the same period a year earlier.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick Nova Scotia Ontario Quebec Alberta

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  • Brad
    June 20, 2012 - 13:29

    So where are all those people to saying theres tons of jobs in NL?

    • fiddlesticks
      June 20, 2012 - 14:33

      Ideologically, there are tons of jobs in Newfoundland. The problem with you, Brad, is that you're putting reality ahead of our desire to blame the unemployed for unemploment. If I can't blame them, who can I blame? OH YEAH, the UNIONS!