Statistics for Job Vacancies in May 2021

Statistics Canada released today monthly results from the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS) for May 2021. Find highlights below, or click here for more job vacancy statistics.

Job Vacancy Highlights:

  • Nova Scotia had 13,570 job vacancies in May 2021 with a vacancy rate of 3.1%.
    • Canadian employers were actively recruiting for 671,140 positions (not seasonally adjusted) in May with a vacancy rate of 4.2%
  • Nationally, the construction industry saw a vacancy rate of 5.5%

Note: The job vacancy rate is a key indicator of labour market conditions. The job vacancy rate is the percentage of job positions (both filled and vacant) that are vacant. A higher job vacancy rate indicates a tighter labour market where it is more difficult for employers to find suitable candidates for the positions offered. A lower job vacancy rate signals labour market slack and potentially more job seekers competing for each vacant position.