The recently released Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the second quarter of 2009 shows hiring intentions in Vancouver taking a massive 12% drop.
Hiring intentions in other areas of Metro Vancouver, such as Surrey and Burnaby-Coquitlam, are also headed down, but not as steeply as the 12-percentage-point decline forecast for Vancouver.
The net employment outlook for Western Canada was +8 per cent, 10 percentage points below the outlook for the same period last year.
For Western Canada the steepest decreases in hiring outlooks are reported for the wholesale and retail trade, by 32 percentage points, and the construction sector, by 24 percentage points.
Are you or someone you know currently looking for work in Vancouver and finding job oppourtunities scarce, or is this just pessimistic sensationalism? If you are seeking employment, what’s the best way to find work in Vancouver; do you send off a raft of resumes, stay glued to craigslist or just sit by the phone waiting for your extensive network of contacts to send work your way?