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Help-wanted index rose in April

Ottawa, ON -- The Conference Board of Canada’s Help-Wanted Index gained 2.2 percentage points in April 2012, offsetting most of March’s loss and resuming the upward trend that began six months ago. While employers reined in hiring...


Ottawa, ON — The Conference Board of Canada’s Help-Wanted Index gained 2.2 percentage points in April 2012, offsetting most of March’s loss and resuming the upward trend that began six months ago. While employers reined in hiring over the second half of 2011 and the first few months of 2012, the upward trend in the index was finally reflected in the strong employment gains in March and April.

At the provincial level, the picture was mixed. Six provincial indexes posted gains, while four posted declines. Saskatchewan’s index gained 35.3 percentage points, which more than offset the previous month’s steep decline (however, Saskatchewan’s index has historically been volatile, and this has been especially true over the past year).

Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia posted modest gains.

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