The number of unfilled jobs in Alberta surged during the second quarter as the province’s resource sector continued its post-recession recovery, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.

Job vacancies grew by 20 per cent, or 8,500 positions, from a year earlier, the federal agency said. The biggest increases were in the sectors of mining, quarrying and oil and gas (up 1,300 open jobs), construction (1,300 jobs) and manufacturing (1,100 jobs).

The province’s job vacancy rate — the share of unfilled positions — rose 0.4 percentage points to 2.6 per cent.

Significant increases were reported in Calgary and the regions of Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River, StatsCan said.

“The increase in vacancies in mining, quarrying, oil and gas in Alberta was consistent with the recent upward trend in national real gross domestic product and employment in this sector,” it said in a release.

Job vacancies rose by 13.8 per cent, or 1,400 jobs, in Saskatchewan and by 18.8 per cent, or 14,000 jobs, in British Columbia, which had the highest job vacancy rate among provinces, at 4 per cent.

Job vacancies were up 17.2 per cent, or 67,000 positions, from a year earlier across the country.

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Source:: Calgary Herald

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