Small business group says 67,100 jobs have gone unfilled in B.C.

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      The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says it's seeing a record number of job vacancies across the country.

      Its latest Help Wanted report identified 430,000 private-sector openings in Canada.

      Of those, 67,100 were in B.C., ranking only behind Ontario (167,900) and Quebec (117,700) among the provinces.

      “Businesses will likely respond to these trends by investing more in capital than labour in 2019, along with redistributing wages to key roles in the company,” CFIB vice president and chief economist Ted Mallett said in a news release.

      There were increasing job-vacancy rates in professional services, construction, agriculture, and oil and gas.

      The lowest job-vacancy rates were in the finance and information sectors.

      The results were based on 2,194 responses collected through CFIB's quarterly "Your Business Outlook Survey".