The Canadian job market is on a tear. The economy added 45,300 net new jobs in June, far higher than the gain of 10,000 positions that economists expected.
That makes for 314,000 jobs added over the last year, with full-time work driving the growth over the last six months.
And although Alberta stands out in the Prairies, with a solid gain of 48,500 positions since June 2016, the province is mostly regaining ground lost during the recession. Calgary, in particular, continues to have the highest jobless rate among Canada’s metropolitan areas.
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So where are the best places for job-hunters to be?
1) Quebec – 122,000 net new jobs (since June 2016)
Things have rarely been so good in the Quebec job market. At six per cent, the province’s unemployment is the lowest it’s ever been since the record keeping began in 1967.
Quebec may be the “least competitive place for job seekers in 2017,” according to job search site Indeed.com. In a recent survey, the company found that in several Quebec cities the ratio of online job listings to clicks from potential candidates was less than 2:1.
Here’s how major metropolitan areas in the province stack up:
2) British Columbia – 104,000 net new jobs
Neither the dip in home sales in Vancouver earlier this year
3) Ontario – 75,000 net new jobs
Ontario’s roaring performance fizzled a little bit in June, with somewhat soft job numbers amid a slowing housing market. And not every community has had an easy ride over the past year. Windsor, in particular, keeps reeling from auto job losses.
4) Alberta – 48,500 net new jobs
Alberta stands out from the rest of the Prairies, where job growth has been virtually flat. But recent gains still haven’t made up for the jobs lost during the oil price shock.
5) Manitoba – 8,400 net new jobs
6) Prince Edward Island – 3,200 net new jobs
(No city-level data available.)
7) New Brunswick – 1,700 net new jobs
8) Nova Scotia – 1,500 net new jobs
9) Saskatchewan – 1,700 net jobs lost
10) Newfoundland – 12,000 net jobs lost
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