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Canadian Job Market Rebounds: Employment Up, Vacancies Down in March

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Canadian Job Market Rebounds Employment Up, Vacancies Down in March

In a positive turn for Canada’s economy, March saw a significant uptick in employment while job vacancies plummeted to levels not seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic. This dual development suggests a stabilizing and potentially strengthening job market.

Statistics Canada’s latest Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours revealed that payroll employment grew by 51,400 in March, marking a 0.3% increase. This growth, the second consecutive monthly rise, spanned 11 out of 20 sectors.

Leading the charge was the healthcare and social assistance sector, adding 11,700 jobs (0.5% increase). This surge underscores the ongoing demand for healthcare professionals, a trend likely influenced by the pandemic’s lingering effects.

Education also saw substantial year-over-year growth, with 31,600 more jobs (2.2% increase) compared to March 2023. Other sectors contributing to the upswing include manufacturing (7,300 jobs, 0.5%), construction (2,600 jobs, 0.2%), and wholesale trade (2,600 jobs, 0.3%).

However, it wasn’t all rosy. Retail trade experienced a minor setback, losing 2,400 jobs (0.1% decrease), possibly reflecting shifts in consumer spending habits.

Concurrently, job vacancies in Canada dropped by 40,600 (6.2%) to 610,700 in March, the lowest since pre-pandemic times. This decline was most notable in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Contrastingly, Prince Edward Island saw a 28.3% increase (600 vacancies).

These figures paint a picture of a resilient Canadian labor market, adapting and rebounding as the economy navigates post-pandemic recovery.

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