Job vacancies in Canada rose nearly 10% in the first quarter of 2019.
Based on Statistics Canada’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, which surveys 100,000 job locations across the country, there were 506,000 job vacancies in the first quarter, up 44,000—or 9.6%—from the same time last year.
The report also found that job vacancies increased in six provinces and one territory in the first quarter of 2019.
Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut all saw increases.
Brendon Bernard, a labor market economist for job site Indeed Canada, said the new figures continued an upward trend, yet he also noted that the current increase is slower than it was throughout 2018 when the economy was posting year-over-year growth of around 17 or 18%.