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Construction employment flat in April

By Adam Freill   

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As the overall economy sheds jobs, Canada’s construction industry manages to stay slightly above level, says Statistics Canada.

Payroll employment gains and losses by sector in April. (Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (2612), table 14-10-0220-01)

Canada’s construction employment was essentially flat in April, reports Statistics Canada in its most recent Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours. The sector saw a seasonally adjusted rise of 400 workers from the March figures, although the year-over-year figures were more promising, with the sector reporting a little over 12,000 more jobs than April of 2023.

Job vacancies in the sector came in at a seasonally adjusted 47,200, with the job vacancy rate, or the number of vacant positions as a proportion of total labour demand, coming in at 3.9 per cent.

Across all sectors in Canada, the number of employees receiving pay and benefits from their employer decreased by 22,700, or a slight 0.1 per cent drop from March. The decline followed three consecutive monthly increases, with a cumulative gain of 92,500 workers, or a half-per-cent gain, over this period.

Overall job vacancies fell by 32,000, a dip of more than five per cent in April, with the 575,400 opening positions across all sectors marking a third consecutive monthly decline in job opportunities.




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