Labour demand eases in September: StatsCan

By James Langton | November 30, 2023 | Last updated on November 30, 2023
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As payroll employment rose in September, job vacancies continued their steady decline, signalling eroding labour demand, according to new data from Statistics Canada.

The number of unfilled jobs fell by 6.1% in September, a drop of 40,700, taking the total number of vacancies down to 632,000 from over 1 million at its peak in May 2022.

At the same time, payroll employment edged higher, rising by 22,100 in the month, although StatsCan noted that payroll employment was essentially flat from June to September, as employment declined in previous months.

Overall labour demand, which represents total filled and vacant jobs, declined for the third consecutive month in September, StatsCan said.

The job vacancy rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 3.6% in September.

Amid softening labour markets, average weekly earnings were essentially unchanged in September, StatsCan reported.

On an annual basis, average weekly earnings were up by 4.0% in the month.

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James is a senior reporter for and its sister publication, Investment Executive. He has been reporting on regulation, securities law, industry news and more since 1994.