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Posted on October 10 2022

1 Million+ Jobs vacant for 150 days in Canada; Unemployment drops to record low in September

By  Editor
Updated May 10 2023


Highlights: Canada has more than a million vacant job positions for 150 days

  • Unemployment rate in September fell to 0.2 percent and came to 5.2 percent
  • Employment for young men and women aged 25 to 54 years has increased
  • Growth was seen in the number of employees in the public sector
  • Employment increased in four provinces in Canada

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One million+ jobs vacant in Canada for 150 days

In September 2022, there was a little change in employment as the unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percent. Employment has increased for men and women aged 25 to 54 but decreased for young women aged 15 to 24. The number of employees in the public sector increased in comparison to July and August 2022.

Provinces in which jobs have increased in the second quarter of 2022

The table below will reveal the data of the availability of jobs in six provinces along with the percentage:

Canadian Province Increase in percentage of job vacancies
Ontario 6.6
Nova Scotia 6
British Columbia 5.6
Manitoba 5.2
Alberta 4.4
Quebec 2.4

Increase of job vacancies per sector in the second quarter of 2022

The number of jobs increased per sector can be found in the table below:

Sector Number of job vacancies
Healthcare 1,36,100
Accommodation and food services 1,49,600
Professional, scientific, and technical services 74,600

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Employment changes in September

Employment was declined in August but in September it was increased by 21,000 for both full-time and part-time. Gains could be seen in the field of education services while healthcare and social assistance were balanced. Losses could be found in the following sectors:

  • Manufacturing
  • Information
  • Culture and recreation
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Public administration

Growth in the number of employees can be found in the public sector in September. The number of total hours worked declined by 0.6 percent in September 2022. But year over year it increased by 2.4 percent.

Unemployment rate declined in September 2022

In August 2022, the unemployment rate was increased by 0.5 percent and rose up to 5.4 percent. In September 2022, the unemployment rate came down to 5.2 percent. In this month, the number of people reaching the age of retirement is 983,000. The age of these people is between 55 and 64.

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Unemployment rate in Canada recorded low, and employment rate increased by 1.1 million – May Report

Employment rate for men and women

In September 2022, the employment rate for women aged 25 to 54 grew by 47,000. Employment has reached year over year for different sectors which can be found in the table below:

Sector Number of jobs increased
Manufacturing 32,000
Professional, scientific and technical services 25,000
Transportation and warehousing 24,000

Employment decrease for young women

Employment rate for young women aged 15 and 24 was decreased in September 2022. The table below reveals the details of decrease in jobs among youth and young women:

Age group Decrease in job
Youth aged 15-24 26,000
Young women 40,000

Employment in public sector and educational services

The number of employees in the public sector rose by 35,000 and most of the increase was in the education sector which was 30.4 percent. In the private sector, the number of employees rose up to 316,000 on year over year basis. The net increase was 434,000 over the past 12 months.

Increase in average hourly wages

The hourly wage increased by more than 5 percent year over year. The consumer price index or CPI was above 7 percent from May to August 2022. Average hourly wages increased in almost all industries by 8.7 percent or +$1.51 to $18.89. The average hourly wages according to the provinces can be found in the table below:

Province Increase in wages Percent Increase
Ontario +$2.27 to $19.51 13.2
Quebec +$1.41 to $18.81 8.1

Average hourly wages in this industry changed a little in the provinces listed below on year over year basis:

  • Nova Scotia
  • Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan
  • Alberta

Gains in average hourly wages depend on multiple factors. The table shows the increase in wages in different industries:

Industry Percent Increase Average wages
Construction 10 1,09,000
Professional, scientific and technical services 4.4 56,000


One Million Jobs Vacant for 90+ days in Canada

Unemployment for 27 weeks or more

In the past 27 weeks, the long-term employment was declined by 18,000 in September 2022 while it increased in August by 22,000.

Employment gains in educational services in different provinces

In the educational sector, the number of workers was increased by 46,000 in September 2022. The growth of number of employees in different provinces can be found in the table below:

Province Increase in percent Wage increase
Ontario 3.1 17,000
British Columbia 6.3 12,000

Employment increase in four provinces

Increase in employment can be found in four provinces which include

  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick

Few people worked in Ontario and Prince Edward Island. The table below will reveal the employment increase in these provinces:

Province Employment increase
British Columbia 33,000
Manitoba 6,900
Nova Scotia 4,300
New Brunswick 2,900

Employment rate in territories

The employment rate increased or remained steady in September 2022 for the following territories:

Territory Employment rate
Northwest Territories 4.3
Yukon 2.5
Nunavut 12

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