Job postings still down from 2019 numbers, but gap is narrowing

 

Despite the fact many businesses have reopened now that the majority of the country has entered Stage 3, online job postings still aren’t where they were a year ago.

According to Indeed Canada, as of September 4, there were 22 per cent fewer job postings compared to this time last year.

The disparity in job availability isn’t affecting each sector in the same way, though—the construction, loading and stocking, and areas of health care sectors have returned to normal levels; nursing job postings have now exceeded their 2019 numbers.

However, other pandemic-exposed industries and white-collar sectors still lag behind, particularly the hospitality and tourism, and food sectors—both of which continue to lag behind.

Further, while the numbers are still below where they were a year ago, they’re much better than they were at the beginning of the pandemic—the year-over-year number of job postings in May were down 49 per cent.

Over the last three months, the gap between postings from 2019 and 2020 has narrowed.

Additionally, from August 7 to September 4, every province saw their gap in job postings narrow—P.E.I, Saskatchewan, and Quebec gained the most ground, while Ontario and Alberta evolved similarly to the national average.

Images courtesy of Indeed

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