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September 5, 2023

Canada Job Vacancies and Average Weekly Earnings

According to Statistics Canada data updated on Thursday August 31, 2023, the average weekly earnings in Canada of employed residents rose by 3.6% year-on-year in June 2023.

Although, these average weekly earnings increased by just $4 from $1,200 in May to $1,204 in June.

The number of employees receiving pay and benefits from their employer increased by 47,700 (+0.3%), but job vacancies continued their downward trend, falling by 8,900 (-1.2%) to 753,400.

See below Province-Wise Average Weekly Earnings

Geography Average
Weekly
Earnings
12-Month
Change
Canada 1203.64 3.6%
Nunavut 1665.72 8.5%
Northwest Territories 1613.39 5.1%
Yukon 1366.45 1.9%
Alberta 1283.89 2.1%
Ontario 1226.21 4.2%
Newfoundland and Labrador 1205.89 5.4%
British Columbia 1203.72 3.1%
Saskatchewan 1168.96 2.6%
Quebec 1153.32 4.3%
Manitoba 1094.77 3.8%
New Brunswick 1091.30 1.8%
Nova Scotia 1064.90 3.9%
Prince Edward Island 1004.76 4.2%

Average weekly earnings in Canada

See below Sector-Wise Average Weekly Earnings

Sector June 2023 June 2022 Year-on-Year
Change
Forestry, logging and support 1,425.18 1,318.25 8.1%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 2,289.96 2,231.72 2.6%
Utilities 2,147.41 2,002.67 7.2%
Construction 1,485.24 1,443.19 2.9%
Manufacturing 1,337.46 1,269.56 5.3%
Wholesale trade 1,416.85 1,375.86 3.0%
Retail trade 705.71 699.54 0.9%
Transportation and warehousing 1,247.74 1,225.54 1.8%
Information and cultural industries 1,647.12 1,467.67 12.2%
Finance and insurance 1,584.30 1,575.31 0.6%
Real estate and rental and leasing 1,179.86 1,195.04 -1.3%
Professional, scientific and technical services 1,738.46 1,675.77 3.7%
Management of companies and enterprises 1,656.05 1,551.64 6.7%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services 1,014.33 986.12 2.9%
Educational services 1,177.13 1,118.72 5.2%
Health care and social assistance 1,061.48 1,032.94 2.8%
Arts, entertainment and recreation 738.38 690.93 6.9%
Accommodation and food services 488.03 471.34 3.5%
Other services (excluding public administration) 1,042.06 979.85 6.3%
Public administration 1,529.21 1,493.25 2.4%

Sector-Wise Average Weekly Earnings

Reduction in Job Vacancies

The number of job openings continued to decline in June, falling by 1.2% to 753,400 from 762,300 in May.

This increases the net decrease in vacancies since January to 108,500 (-12.6%) and to 249,900 (-24.9%) since the record high of 1,003,200 vacancies in May 2022.

Job vacancies in June 2023 were at their lowest level since May 2021 (673,400).

Province-Wise Job Vacancies

Job openings in Quebec fell by 14,700 (-7.6%) to 178,500, the lowest level since March 2021 (176,400). This increased the rate of unemployment in the province by 19,700 (+10.6%) to 205,900.

There were increases in job openings in Saskatchewan (+4,900 to 26,300), New Brunswick (+1,800 to 14,000), and Prince Edward Island (+1,000 to 3,500), while the six remaining provinces saw little change.

Province Job Vacancies Job Vacancy Rate
Ontario 272400 3.9%
Quebec 178500 4.4%
British Columbia 116500 4.6%
Alberta 87200 4.1%
Manitoba 26500 4.2%
Saskatchewan 26300 5.1%
Nova Scotia 17700 3.9%
New Brunswick 14000 4.2%
Newfoundland and Labrador 6900 3.6%
Northwest Territories 5900 5.9%
Prince Edward Island 3900 5.2%
Nunavut 3900 3.9%
Yukon 1400 6.8%

Provincial Job vacancies

Ontario continues to have the highest number of job vacancies among various sectors followed by Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Atlantic provinces.

Sector-Wise Job Vacancies

Finance and insurance sectors had the highest decrease in job vacancies (-8,800; -30.2%), accommodation and food services (-7,600; -7.5%), and construction (-6,900; -10%).

Job Sector Job Vacancies Job Vacancy Rate
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 10800 4.3%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 10400 4.6%
Utilities 3300 2.5%
Construction 62300 5.1%
Manufacturing 58600 3.6%
Wholesale trade 26200 3.1%
Retail trade 84800 4.0%
Transportation and warehousing 40700 4.6%
Information and cultural industries 10700 2.8%
Finance and insurance 20500 2.4%
Real estate and rental and leasing 9000 3.0%
Professional, scientific and technical services 44900 3.6%
Management of companies and enterprises 3900 3.0%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services 42100 4.8%
Educational services 24200 1.7%
Health care and social assistance 147100 6.1%
Arts, entertainment and recreation 11800 3.6%
Accommodation and food services 92500 6.6%
Other services (excluding public administration) 34900 5.9%
Public administration 14700 2.6%

Sector-Wise Job Vacancies

However, healthcare and social assistance recorded the highest monthly increase in payroll employment (+25,100; +9.2%) following a fall in May.

The number of job vacancies in retail trade edged up by 5,700 (+7.2%) to 84,800 in June, marginally offsetting decreases of 5,800 (-6.3%) in April and of 6,800 (-7.8%) in May.

The number of job openings in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction increased by 2,100 to 10,400 in June.

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