Statistics Canada states around 462,000 job vacancies across Canada in the first quarter of 2018 are available, with Quebec reporting the largest year-over-year increase for the three-month period.
The new data show job vacancies rising across most provinces, industrial sectors and occupational groups compared to the first quarter of 2017.
Job vacancies in Quebec were up by 25,000 in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 37 per cent.
With Quebec and British Columbia posting the greatest increases, job vacancies rose in eight Canadian provinces and Canada’s three territories.
Statistics Canada says this was the seventh consecutive quarter to show a year-over-year increase in the number of job vacancies in Quebec, with vacancies in the manufacturing and accommodation and food services industrial sectors increasing the most.
Montreal was the economic region in Quebec that posted the greatest increase in job vacancies (+8,700) during the quarter.
Quebec’s unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent for the quarter, compared to 6.2 per cent in the first three months of 2017.