Job Vacancy Rate Remains Highest in B.C.
Prince George, B.C.- If you are looking for work, B.C. is the place to be, at least that is what the latest stats from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business would suggest.Acording to the CFIB, nationally, the private sector job vacancy rate held steady at 2.4% in the third quarter of this year, but B.C.’s rate is higher.
In this province, the vacancy rate inched up 0.2 points to 3.5%, making it the highest in all of Canada. “The third quarter vacancy rate translates into over 60 thousand jobs left unfilled” says CFIB Vice President for B.C. and Alberta, Richard Truscott.
Truscott says in B.C. many of the job vacancies are in the service sector ” areas of information services, health care workers, professional services, those are the ones that are seeing the job vacancy rates rise the most in the most recent period. But overall, we’re seeing some fairly high rates in B.C. right across the province in construction, transportation and in hospitality. So it’s pretty broadly spread across the economy.”
He says it’s becoming quit difficult for small business to recruit qualified people to work in their business “That’s the downside of a strong economy, smaller businesses have a heck of a time trying to find people to work in their business.”
So while the vacancy rate is good news for those looking for work, Truscott says the unemployment rate is still “stubbornly high. That tells me there is a misalignment between the skills and qualifications of the people looking for work and the jobs that are available.” He says one way governments can help out is to step in and provide more job training to make sure people are well qualified for the jobs that are out there.