August 13, 2015 / 1:00 PM / 4 years ago

Western Canada leads in first-quarter job vacancies: new survey

The Canadian Pacific railyard is pictured in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Ben Nelms

OTTAWA, (Reuters) - Resource-rich western Canada led the country in job vacancies in the first quarter, a new survey from Statistics Canada showed on Thursday.

The federal agency’s largest business survey showed an estimated 399,900 job vacancies in the quarter, with a job vacancy rate of 2.6 percent. By comparison, Statistics Canada’s labor force survey had shown an average of 1.3 million unemployed people in the quarter.

Among the provinces, oil-producer Alberta showed the highest vacancy rate, of 3.5 percent, followed by British Columbia at 3.3 percent and Saskatchewan at 3.0 percent.

The largest province, Ontario, was exactly at the 2.6 percent national average. Job vacancies in manufacturing tended to be concentrated there.

A Statistics Canada official said one benefit of the new survey will be enabling individual Canadians to discern in detail in which locations the greatest demand is for their particular occupational skills.

Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Leah Schnurr

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