Job vacancies, three-month average ending in July 2012

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Canadian businesses had 264,000 job vacancies in July, an increase of 32,000 from July 2011. For every job vacancy, there were 5.3 unemployed people, down from 6.0 in July 2011.

The decline in this ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was mainly a result of the increase in job vacancies.

The national job vacancy rate was 1.8% in the three-month period ending in July, up from 1.6% a year earlier.

Note to readers

All data are based on three-month moving averages. For example, data for July are based on an average of the data from May, June and July.

Data on job vacancies are not seasonally adjusted and should only be compared on a year-over-year basis. Given this is a new data series, trends are not yet available; therefore, data should be interpreted with caution.

With each release, data for the current reference month are subject to revision. Data have been revised for the previous month. Users are encouraged to request and use the most up-to-date data for each month.

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

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

The next job vacancies release, for August, will be on November 20.

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.