Job Vacancy Statistics (JVS)

Summary of changes

Activity on this program started: 2011

Reference period of change - August 2019

With this release, Job Vacancy Statistics will cease collection and dissemination, as users will find more granular data with the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey.

Reference period of change - January 2019

With this release, SEPH has started using the NAICS 2017 version 3.0 (North American Industry Classification System) instead of NAICS 2017 version 2.0.

Reference period of change - January 2018

With this release, SEPH has started using the NAICS 2017 version 2.0 (North American Industry Classification System) instead of NAICS 2012.

Reference period of change - January 2015

Statistical activity - This program tells a more complete story of current labour market events. A fifth survey, Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS), has been added. It will provide labour market demand information by occupation, offered wage and region.

Reference period of change - January 2013

As part of the March 27, 2013 revisions to the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (SEPH) employment data, the historical job vacancies data may have very slight changes to some job vacancy rates, as SEPH is the source of data on filled positions. In addition, a revised job vacancies estimation method, as well as some historical revisions to job vacancies data in certain jurisdictions and sectors, has resulted in small changes to the number of job vacancies and their related rates and ratios. These small changes can be seen throughout the time series, from 2011 to present.

Reference period of change - March 2012

With the release of June 20, 2012, job vacancies data have been revised for 2011 as well as January and February 2012.

Reference period of change - September 2011

Statistical activity - This program tells a more complete story of current labour market events. A fourth survey, Job Vacancy Statistics (JVS), has been added. JVS offers information on labour demand by reporting on the number of job vacancies by industry.

Starting with the January 2011 reference month, two questions were added to the Business Payroll Survey (BPS) to collect data on job vacancies. These questions were: Did you have any vacant positions on the last business day of the month, and how many?

Data on job vacancies are based on three-month moving averages. For example, data for September are based on an average of the data from July, August and September. The first release of data on job vacancies, a three-month average ending in September 2011, took place on January 24, 2012.

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