09/18/2012 09:03 EDT | Updated 11/18/2012 05:12 EST

More jobs open in June, compared with a year earlier: StatsCan

OTTAWA - 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.