Canadian Industries Looking for Workers in 2023

It’s human to want; it’s even more human to be wanted! We’ve all been through the dreaded job search of sending application after application and getting nothing more than a “Confirm Receipt”
email. Your self-esteem takes a hit, all amid the anxiety of not knowing what’s happening with your career.

There’s a better way though, and that “way” is applying to industries that need workers. Much like humans, industries and businesses go through lifecycles. Some industries are growing so fast that they need to hire as many workers as possible, while others are growing at a steady rate and are slow to hire. 

When making a career move, it’s best to try to look at the industries you want to work in, then determine what phase they’re in now and will be in the future. Here are some industries that are looking to hire in 2023.

Economic growth has slowed, but not stopped

Before we get to the specific industries, you’ve probably read about an upcoming recession. While there has been a lot of doom and gloom in the news, employment actually increased by 150 000 people in January of 2023 and unemployment remained at a low 5%. So, despite headlines being dominated by the tech industry (after 100 000 workers were laid off in the first few weeks of 2023, compared to only 100 000 tech layoffs in all of 2022) other industries are looking to hire. Recession may still be looming, but there is opportunity.

Industries that have been growing in 2023 (so far)

While past performance is not always a predictor of the future, the hiring trends in January can be a good gauge for hiring trends throughout the year. In January 2023, many industries hired thousands of workers. Zooming out, there was growth in both the public and private sectors with over 32 000 public employees being added, and over 115 000 private sector jobs being filled. 

In the goods-producing sector, construction saw the largest gains with over 16 000 jobs added in January.  Over in the services-producing sector, wholesale and retail trade lead the pack with close to 59 000 jobs gained. Health care and social assistance weren’t too far behind having added over 40 000 jobs, with the educational services sector adding an impressive 18 000 jobs. Over the past 12 months, the fastest growing industries were accommodation and food services (+23%), information, culture and recreation (+12.6%), professional, scientific and technical services (+8.9%) and construction in a solid fourth place growing 7.6%.

Jobs that have been lost in 2023 (so far)

Unfortunately, these gains weren’t shared in all industries. Nationally, 17 000 jobs were lost in the transportation and warehousing industry. In Alberta, the natural resources sector lost 15 000 jobs. However, every province had an increase in employment except for Newfoundland and Labrador.

How do I use this information?

Of course, one shouldn’t base their entire career path solely on the macro environment – think about what YOU want! But seeing where industries are and where they are going can be helpful in deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life, or what jobs can help give you a nice standard of living when you need to pay the bills. 

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