This is one of the rare times when Saskatchewan has fallen into second place. The latest job vacancy report – which tallies the number of positions employers have created but are yet to be filled with an employee – has Saskatchewan falling into second place behind BC.
We have been holding the top spot in this metric for months but when November’s figures were released, BC edged us out.
We still had 20,000 unfilled job postings in the province. That equates to 3.9 per cent of overall workforce and ranks number two in the country. BC saw the number of jobs going unfilled rise to 4.2 per cent.
We track this metric for a couple reasons. While most of the country is experiencing a shrinking job vacancy rate which means the labour market is tightening, we are seeing more buoyancy than almost every region. And, at a time when our population is growing faster than ever, it tells us that we still have capacity or opportunities for those moving to the province and looking to find a spot in the workforce.