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June 24, 2021

Statistics Canada released today monthly results from the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS) for April 2021.

Nova Scotia had 13,565 job vacancies in April 2021 with a vacancy rate of 3.4%. Canadian employers were actively recruiting for 682,835 positions (not seasonally adjusted) in April with a vacancy rate of 4.3%. The highest vacancy rates were reported in Quebec (5.4%) and Prince Edward Island (4.7%). Newfoundland and Labrador recorded the lowest vacancy rate at 3.0%.

Nationally, health care and social assistance sector had the highest number of job vacancies at 96,260, with a job vacancy rate of 4.4% (not seasonally adjusted). The highest job vacancy rates were reported in arts, entertainment and recreation (9.3%), agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7.0%), and accommodation and food services (6.5%). Educational services (1.0%) and public administration (2.6%) had the lowest vacancy rates in April 2021. Job vacancy data for utilities sector was not available for April 2021.

Notes: The job vacancy rate is a key indicator of labour market conditions. The job vacancy rate is the percentage of job positions (both filled and vacant) that are vacant. A higher job vacancy rate indicates a tighter labour market where it is more difficult for employers to find suitable candidates for the positions offered. A lower job vacancy rate signals labour market slack and potentially more job seekers competing for each vacant position.

Information on monthly job vacancies will continue in future Statistics Canada releases, and a more detailed analysis will be released with quarterly estimates from the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey.


Sources: Statistics Canada Tables 14-10-0371-01 and 14-10-0372-01