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Kamloops and Kelowna among top places in Canada for job seekers

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September 08, 2015 - 8:00 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Kamloops and Kelowna have managed to crack the top-20 in a survey noting 50 of the hottest local job markets in Canada.

Express Employment Professionals, a staffing agency with operations in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa, released its second annual Top 50 Hot Job Markets survey this week. The survey looks at the number of job postings on JobBank compared to Statistics Canada population data to find the number of jobs available per 1,000 people.

While there are some surprises — three of the top five are in Quebec — the list reflects the turmoil the energy industry is experiencing in Alberta.

The surprise for local residents is both Kelowna and Kamloops jumped more than 20 spots from last years inagural survey, coming in at 17th and 18th this year. Only Vancouver, North Vancouver and Victoria placed higher within British Columbia.

Kelowna’s jobs per 1,000 population rate is 4.94 with Kamloops slightly lower at 4.88. Last year, the two cities posted indentical rates of 3.57 jobs per 1,000.

Among the most advertised jobs in B.C., as of July 15, 2015, were babysitters or nannies, retail positions, cooks and nurses.

Leading hot spot is Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., with a rate of 8.55. Last year’s leader, Fort McMurray, Alta., has slipped to sixth place with it’s jobs rate cut almost in half to 7.53 from 13.71 the year before.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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