Friday, January 27th, 2012

Stats Can Says Unemployed Education Workers Face Tough Times

If you’re unemployed and looking for work in education, things don’t look good. This is according to a report from Statistics Canada.

Their data shows that Canada’s educational services workers struggled more than any other sector in the country during the July-September period. The numbers reveal that there is a daunting 10 unemployed workers in education for every single vacancy available. This is almost twice the amount of the second most challenged sector, which was construction. The data shows 5.1 unemployed workers for every vacant job in construction.

Canada wide, we saw an average ratio of unemployment to vacancies of 3.3, during the July-September period. Canadian businesses had, on average, 248,000 job vacancies in the period.

This was the first time Statistics Canada published data of this sort, so it’s impossible to chart this ratio against earlier time periods.

Wholesale trade, and health care/ social assistance had the best numbers, both were nearly at par with ratios of 1.4 to 1.

Statistics Canada defines a vacant position as a job that meets the following criteria:

  • A specific position exists,
  • Work could start within 30 days
  • The employer is actively seeking employees from outside the organization to fill the position
Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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