News BriefsLong-term vacancies increasing; Plumber jailed for obstructing safety inspector; $68 million pledged to N.B. labour market; Feds appoint work stoppage expert; Ontario hikes minimum wage, again03/24/2008|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2009 Long-term vacancies increasingOttawa — Businesses are feeling the pressure of labour shortages as 309,000 jobs remained vacant for at least four months in 2007, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). One-third of employers had trouble finding employees last year and the national long-term vacancy rate (percentage of jobs vacant for at least four months) rose to 4.4 per cent, up from 3.6 per cent in 2006. Saskatchewan had the highest rate at 6.6 per cent, followed by Alberta at 6.3 per cent. However, it was the Atlantic provinces that saw the biggest increases in long-term vacancy rates. To address shortages, the CFIB has recommended tapping into under-represented groups, including immigrants and seniors, as well as better recognizing and encouraging informal training at smaller workplaces.Plumber jailed for obstructing safety inspector To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.