Help Wanted Index Survey
Detailed information for April 2003
The Help-wanted Index measures changes in the demand for labour relative to a base-year.
Data release - May 6, 2003
The Help-wanted Index was terminated with the publication of the April 2003 reference month on May 6, 2003.
The Help-wanted Index measured changes in the demand for labour and was viewed by users as a proxy measure for unmet labour demand and an indicator of the near-term direction of the labour market.
- Employment and unemployment
Data sources and methodology
The basic unit of measurement is a help-wanted advertisement published in the classified section of 22 surveyed newspapers.
This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.
Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore, no sampling is done.
Data are collected for one Saturday each month; usually the Saturday of the Labour Force Survey reference week.
This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.
Estimates are imputed if newspapers cannot be obtained.
The Help-wanted Index compares the number of ads published in any given month with the respective average number of ads in the base-period. The ratio between the two values is then weighted according to the population residing in the metropolitan areas surveyed.
Metropolitan area populations from the 1996 Census of Population (record number 3901) are used for weights in the construction of the index. City indexes are aggregated to obtain Canada and regional indexes. The five regional indexes and the Canada index are adjusted independently for seasonal variation.
Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.
Revisions and seasonal adjustment
Trend-cycle estimates for the three most recent months are preliminary. Seasonally adjusted estimates are revised in January and trend-cycle estimates are revised in March of each year for the past 48 months.
The Help-wanted Index was long viewed by users as a proxy measure for unmet labour demand and an indicator of the near-term direction of the labour market. However, many users have expressed concern over its performance in recent years, especially in light of the growing use of the Internet by employers as a means of posting job openings.
- Help Wanted Index: Concepts & Methods
- Help Wanted Index - Data Quality Statement