Job vacancies, three-month average ending in February 2012 (preliminary)

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Preliminary data on job vacancies are now available for February. Canadian businesses had, on average, 237,000 job vacancies in February, and the job vacancy rate was 1.7%.

Job vacancy data tables are not currently available on CANSIM, but can be obtained by contacting Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre.

Note to readers

All data are based on three-month moving averages. For example, data for February are based on an average of the data from December, January and February.

These data are not seasonally adjusted and should not be compared from one month to the next.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number2612.

The next job vacancies release will be on June 20. The release will include an analytical comparison of March 2011 to March 2012, monthly revisions dating back to March 2011, and 2011 annual data.

For more information or to obtain data, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116;

To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Jason Gilmore (613-951-7118;, Labour Statistics Division.