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Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Help-wanted Index

April 2003

The Help-wanted Index remained virtually unchanged in April, decreasing only 0.1% from March. Fluctuations were small in all provinces, rising or falling by less than 1%. The Index has been in decline since June 2002.

Help-wanted Index


  April 2003 March 2003 April 2002 March to April 2003 April 2002 to April 2003
  Seasonally adjusted and smoothed % change
Canada 110.8 110.9 127.3 -0.1 -13.0
Newfoundland and Labrador 148.3 148.2 176.1 0.1 -15.8
Prince Edward Island 168.1 168.6 194.9 -0.3 -13.8
Nova Scotia 119.8 120.3 132.2 -0.4 -9.4
New Brunswick 151.6 151.9 160.8 -0.2 -5.7
Quebec 105.6 105.7 120.5 -0.1 -12.4
Ontario 116.4 116.8 133.3 -0.3 -12.7
Manitoba 133.0 133.3 145.4 -0.2 -8.5
Saskatchewan 117.3 117.4 129.7 -0.1 -9.6
Alberta 123.0 123.0 136.8 0.0 -10.1
British Columbia 79.6 80.2 95.5 -0.7 -16.6

Note: Effective today, Statistics Canada terminates the Help-Wanted Index (HWI). Previously published data will continue to be available for historical purposes, but there will be no further updates and revisions. For this release, figures back to January 2000 have been slightly adjusted as a result of this year's annual revision.

Statistics Canada strives to maintain a relevant and cost-effective labour statistics program. In setting program priorities in a time of cost reduction, programs and outputs have been evaluated on the basis of a balanced assessment of their quality and utility in consultation with the user community.

The HWI was long viewed by users as a proxy measure for unmet labour demand and an indicator of the near-term direction of the labour market. However, many users have expressed concern over its performance in recent years, especially in light of the growing use of the Internet by employers as a means of posting job openings.

For more information, contact Jamie Brunet (613-951-6684;, Labour Statistics Division.

Available on CANSIM: table 277-0002.

Information on methods and data quality available in the Integrated Meta Data Base: survey number 2606.

For general information or to order data, contact Client Services (1-866-873-8788; 613-951-4090;, Labour Statistics Division.

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