There were 8,300 vacant jobs in the province’s private sector in the third quarter of this year — down slightly from the previous quarter, according to a new survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
The federation said Manitoba’s vacancy rate dipped to 2.1 per cent from 2.2 per cent in the second quarter.
It said smaller firms — ones with fewer than 19 employees -- had the highest vacancy rate, at 4.3 per cent, versus 1.4 per cent for companies with 500 or more workers.
Manitoba’s vacancy rate was one of the smallest in the country. Alberta and Saskatchewan had the highest rates, at 3.6 per cent each, while the national vacancy rate was 2.4 per cent.
Job vacancies are defined as openings that have been vacant for at least four months because business owners have been unable to find suitable employees.