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Help-Wanted Index

About the Help-Wanted Index

The Conference Board of Canada’s Help-Wanted Index is an indicator of the number of new jobs advertised online. Our empirical analysis has shown that variations in the number of jobs posted online are generally followed by similar variations in employment in the ensuing months. The Index is based on the seasonally adjusted number of new, unduplicated jobs posted online during the month across a large number of Canadian job-posting websites.

Raw data are collected by Wanted Analytics, a Canada-based firm that provides information and analysis on hiring demand. Using a web spider, Wanted Analytics is able to identify unduplicated online job postings across Canada as a whole and individually for the 10 provinces and 27 metropolitan areas.

Because some job boards decline in popularity over time and others are created, we allow the list of job boards to vary from month to month. The number of job boards since 2010 has remained in the range of 130–135. Job boards may be excluded from the data collection process if their inclusion negatively affects the ability of the Help-Wanted Index to predict the near-term change in employment.

In addition to the Help-Wanted Index, The Conference Board of Canada constructs the Indicator of Labour Market Tightness. The indicator represents the ratio of the number of unemployed individuals to the number of available ads posted online and is meant to capture changes in labour market pressure. The number of unduplicated available ads includes the total ads available online during the period under review.

All data are seasonally adjusted, and are available for Canada, the provinces, and 27 Canadian cities. The Help-Wanted Indexes and the Indicator of Labour Market Tightness are available from May 2005. 

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Help-Wanted Index Service

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The Help-Wanted Index is an indicator of the number of new jobs advertised online. The report is updated monthly.

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Help Wanted Index

$4,095 per year

The Help-Wanted Index is an indicator of the number of new jobs advertised online. Our empirical analysis has shown that variations in the number of jobs posted online are generally followed by similar variations in employment in the ensuing months. Thus, the index can be used to predict near-term employment trends. Data is released monthly and is available for Canada, the Provinces and 27 CMAs.

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