Canadian job vacancies averaged 252,000 in three months ending in April, up 17,000 from same period in 2011; number is equal to 5.6 unemployed people per opening, down from 6.3 in April 2011

OTTAWA , July 18, 2012 (press release) – There was an average of 252,000 job vacancies in the three-month period ending in April, an increase of 17,000 from the same period in 2011. For every job vacancy, there were 5.6 unemployed people, down from 6.3 in April 2011.

The decline in this ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was a result of both the increase in job vacancies and a decline in the number of unemployed people.

The national job vacancy rate was 1.8% in the three-month period ending in April, up slightly from 1.7% a year earlier.

Job vacancy data tables are not currently available on CANSIM, but can be obtained by contacting Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre.

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