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Canada Job Vacancy Survey: 3.3 Job-Seekers For Every Job, StatsCan Finds

01/24/2012 10:31 EST | Updated 01/24/2012 11:34 EST
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Want a job in forestry? Forget about it. There are 37.4 job-seekers for every job available in the timber business.

You’d be much better off looking for work in mining or oil and gas extraction, where there are only 1.1 job-seekers per job.

That’s according to Statistics Canada’s survey of job vacancies, which found there were 248,000 job openings, on average, last fall, even as the unemployment rate stayed above 7 per cent.

In all, there were 3.3 job-seekers for every job, StatsCan found.

It’s the first time StatsCan has crunched the numbers on job vacancies in Canada. The agency had run a help-wanted index, based on the number of job ads in newspapers, until 2003.

Here are the best and worst industries in which to find work, based on how many competitors there are in each industry.

Note: StatsCan’s initial job vacancy survey does not include data for finance, real estate and management.

IN WHICH INDUSTRIES ARE YOU LIKELIEST TO FIND A JOB?

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