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Manitoba a good place to find work: Statistics Canada

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WINNIPEG — Unemployed Manitobans have a better chance of landing a job than many of their provincial counterparts, according to new Statistics Canada data released today.

The agency said there were 3.4 unemployed people for every vacant job in Manitoba in June of this year.

That was the third-lowest provincial ratio behind Alberta’s 1.6 and Saskatchewan’s 1.9. It was also nerly two points below the national ratio of 5.3, and was a modest improvement from a year earlier when Manitoba’s ratio was 3.7.

The improvement was due to a combination of more job vacancies and fewer unemployed workers. Statistics Canada said there were 1,700 fewer jobless workers in Manitoba in June — 33,100 versus 34,800 — and 400 more job vacancies — 9,900 versus 9,500.

Nationally, Statistics Canada said there were 263,000 job vacancies in June, 20,000 more than in the same month of 2011. And there were 1,381,200 unemployed people, which was 26,900 fewer than in June of last year. At that time, Canada’s ratio of unemployed workers was 5.8.

Provincially, the highest ratio of unemployed workers to vacant jobs was in Newfoundland and Labrador where there were 10.6 jobless for every vacancy.

Nova Scotia had 10 unemployed workers for every vacancy and New Brunswick had 9.3.

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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