Qualified Labour Shortage Remains Acute

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    The second quarter saw 290,000 full- and part-time private sector jobs remain unfilled for four months or more due to the shortage of qualified labour, says the ‘Help Wanted’ report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). “While the overall vacancy rate dropped to 2.4 per cent (from 2.5 per), the problem continues to be most acute for smaller businesses,” says Ted Mallett, its chief economist and vice-president. “In fact, those with fewer than four employees saw an increase in their vacancy rate (4.5 per cent), while larger businesses all saw decreases.” By sector, personal services (3.9) and construction (3.5) had the country’s highest vacancy rates, although both saw slight declines from the previous quarter.