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Most sectors saw their vacancy rates rise, with the exception of oil and gas, manufacturing, finance-insurance-real estate and information-arts-culture industries, which saw no change.
The CFIB’s findings were based on 2,376 responses from business owners and operators, who were asked how many people they employ and how many jobs had gone unfilled for at least four months as a result of being unable to find suitable employees. The vacancy rates are defined as total vacancies, divided by the amount of total employment and vacancies, the report said.
… when a micro firm is missing a particular person, the fit of that person matters a whole lot to the success of that business
Ted Mallett, CFIB chief economist
Quebec led all other provinces in terms of its vacancy rate, which rose 0.1 percentage points from the previous quarter to 4.1 per cent. British Columbia and Ontario were next closest, at 3.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent, respectively.