Job vacancy data a mess; Statistics Canada needs more money

According to a Globe and Mail article, the Conservative government has had to sharply revise its job vacancy numbers after dropping data based on  anonymous postings on sites such as Kijiji. The Kijiji posts included overcounting due to the same job being reposted in multiple areas of the site. After the revision, the official vacancy rate fell from 4% to 1.5%.

The Globe and Mail noted that “the solution would be to give Statistics Canada more money to improve its research on job vacancies, which are based on surveys of employers.”

Thanks to Wendy Watkins for posting this to the CAPDU list!


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