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2016 Job Vacancy Survey

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Vacancies by Industry

Three quarters of job vacancies occurred at firms in four industry sectors: healthcare and social assistance (35%), retail trade (16%), accommodation and food services (12%), and administration and waste services (9%).

Industry Sector
Vacancies
Average Annual Wage*
Share of Industry Sector Vacancies
Full-Time Positions
Seasonal or Temporary Positions
Requiring Education Beyond High School**
Requiring Previous Experience**
Difficult to Fill**
All Industries 30,860 $42,422 64% 12% 19% 41% 75%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 10,916 $44,872 63% 1% 34% 31% 78%
Retail Trade 5,016 $24,416 38% 21% 27% 63%
Accommodation and Food Services 3,709 $19,045 100% 38% 1% 36% 81%
Administrative and Waste Services 2,898 $34,935 80% 16% 4% 35% 70%
Manufacturing 1,759 $54,176 94% 10% 46% 80%
Construction 1,423 $46,187 91% 20% 16% 72% 93%
Professional Scientific and Technical Services 990 $25,171 93% 21% 87% 69%
Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 852 $40,285 79% 10% 58% 91%
Other Services 695 $31,031 75% 1% 65% 88%
Financial Services 634 $58,430 77% 2% 26% 68% 47%
Wholesale Trade 454 $1,168 90% 25% 51% 76%
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 386 $23,773 42% 85% 9% 99% 36%
Private Education Services 307 $42,784 46% 25% 80% 79%
Management of Companies 259 $76,350 87% 4% 29% 47% 43%
Information 229 $48,312 86% 0% 37% 52% 65%
Natural Resources 19 $42,504 100% 38% 38% 90% 62%

* 2016 annual average from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).
**Share of vacancies with affirmative responses divided by total responses, excluding unspecified or blank fields.

Relative Demand for Workers by Average Wages

This chart shows industries plotted by relative demand for workers and average annual wage. The location of industry by quadrant indicates (clockwise from upper left): higher wages, lower demand; higher wages, higher demand; lower wages, higher demand; and lower wages, lower demand; compared to the average for all industries. The size of each sector's bubble reflects the number of job vacancies.

For help interpreting this chart, see Evaluating Relative Demand.

Industries with Highest Demand for Workers

Industries with above-average demand for workers were healthcare and social assistance and administrative and waste services. Demand for retail workers was average (share of vacancies = share of private jobs).

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