Job vacancy rates across Canada
Nunavut (4.2%) and Yukon (3.9%) had the highest job vacancy rates, followed by British Columbia (3.4%), Alberta (3.1%) and Nova Scotia (3.0%). Ontario had a job vacancy rate of 2.6%, in line with the national average. Quebec had the lowest rate at 1.8%.
The job vacancy rate refers to the share of jobs that are unfilled out of all payroll jobs available. It represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand, that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.
Within the three provinces with the highest job vacancy rates in the third quarter, the economic regions with the highest rates were Northeast, British Columbia (4.7%), Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House, Alberta (5.1%), and Halifax, Nova Scotia (3.5%).
Of the 10 economic regions with the highest job vacancy rates in Canada, 9 were in the western provinces or in the territories and 1 was in Quebec. All of the 10 economic regions with the lowest job vacancy rates were in Quebec. There are 76 economic regions in Canada.