The employment situation in virtually every sector of Canada’s economy improved over the past year, according to new job vacancy data from StatsCan.
The exception was administrative and support work, which saw a significant decline. There were six Canadians to every job opening in administrative work in Canada in June, 2012, more than double the 2.4 Canadians per job the June before.
The biggest improvement was in construction, which -- despite signs that several major housing markets are headed for decline -- saw an enormous improvement. There were 3.9 job-seekers to every job in construction in June, compared to 10.3 job-seekers in June of last year.
The lowest ratio — where the likelihood of finding a job is highest — was in health care and social assistance, with only 1.4 job-seekers for every job available.
“The drop was a result of both a decline in the number of unemployed and a notable increase in job vacancies,” StatsCan reports. “Payroll employment in this sector had also increased over this period.”
Overall, Statistics Canada says there were 263,000 job vacancies in June, 20,000 more than in the same month of 2011.
The agency says there were 5.3 unemployed people in Canada for every vacancy, down from 5.8 in June 2011.
It says this decline was due to an increase in job vacancies combined with a decline in the number of unemployed.
Provincially, the highest ratio of unemployed to job vacancies was in Newfoundland and Labrador where there were 10.6 jobless for every vacancy.
Nova Scotia had 10 unemployed for every vacancy and New Brunswick had 9.3 people out of work for every open job.
In contrast, Alberta's ratio of jobless to job vacancies was 1.6, while the Saskatchewan ratio was 1.9.
-- With files from The Canadian Press