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Canada observes a decrease in labour shortages

Labour shortages in Canada are decreasing, with 22% fewer managers struggling to find workers. However, the threat of inflation remains a concern despite a downward trend. RBC Economics' report reveals labour shortages peaked at 41% in the first quarter of 2021 and have since decreased to 32% by the third quarter of 2023. The future of inflation is uncertain. RBC economists predict a slight rise in the Consumer Price Index to 3.4% in December due to a drop in gas prices. They also note an overall easing of inflation pressures, with surging mortgage interest rates contributing to price growth. Canadian retail sales remained flat in November, while manufacturing sales increased by 1.2%. As builders focus on housing, the development industry is growing.

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