Canada's job vacancies averaged 258,000 in the three months ended in May, up 22,000 from same three-month period in 2011; for every vacancy, there were 5.5 jobless people, down from 6.3 a year ago

OTTAWA , August 20, 2012 (press release) – There was an average of 258,000 job vacancies in the three-month period ending in May, an increase of 22,000 from the same period in 2011. For every job vacancy, there were 5.5 unemployed people, down from 6.3 in May 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 May, 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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