Job vacancies in the first quarter of 2019 hit 506,000 an increase of 44,000 over the same period in 2018, making it the tenth consecutive quarter to post a year- over -year increase in job vacancies in Canada in the first three months of 2019, which rose by 21,400 or 23 percent. Statistics Canada said nearly half of this increase was spread across three sectors: health care and social assistance, manufacturing and accommodation and food services.
Job vacancies increased in seven of 10 industrial sectors compared to the first three months 2018. the growth was driven by increases in the health care and social assistance sector as well as professional, scientific and technical services. In the health care sector and social sector, vacancies were up by 9,900 from the first quarter of 2018 with the largest increase in nursing and residential care facilities. Quebec and Ontario contributed the most to this increase, with “relatively largest growth” experienced in Nova Scotia and the Prince Edward Island, Statistics Canada said.

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