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Job Vacancies Hit Record in Canada’s Ever-Tighter Labor Market

  • Openings climb 13%, topping 1 million for first time
  • Businesses are also now expecting record wage increases
Canada’s unemployment rate hit a record low of 5.2% in April.

Canada’s unemployment rate hit a record low of 5.2% in April.

Photographer: James MacDonald/Bloomberg

Canadian employers reported a surge in job vacancies in March that brought the number of unfilled positions to a record.

Openings increased 13.4% seasonally adjusted to just over 1 million, Statistics Canada reported Thursday, based on its monthly survey of employers. That’s up about 60% from the same period a year earlier.