May 12, 2016 / 12:47 PM / 3 years ago

Canada job vacancy rate falls to 2.3 percent in fourth quarter

Temporary foreign workers stand in front of job posting board during their lunch break at the Highline Mushrooms farm, Canada's largest mushroom grower, in Leamington, Ontario, Canada, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The number of job vacancies in Canada fell in the fourth quarter of last year, with the largest number of openings among sales and service positions, data from Statistics Canada showed on Thursday.

There were 353,000 job vacancies in the final quarter of 2015, with a job vacancy rate of 2.3 percent. That was down from 401,000 open positions in the third quarter and a vacancy rate of 2.6 percent. The figures are not seasonally adjusted.

Of the 10 broad occupational groups, sales and service occupations accounted for 40 percent of all vacancies with 142,600 jobs open. Nearly two-thirds of all job vacancies in the country were for full-time work.

By province, British Columbia had the highest vacancy rate at 2.8 percent. Aside from the northern territories, Ontario offered the highest hourly wage for vacant positions at C$19.35, above the national average of C$18.95.

Reporting by Leah Schnurr Editing by W Simon

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