The 2016 election has everyone on edge. Though threatening to flee the country during an election year has become somewhat of a tradition in recent years, this particular election — between two wildly unpopular candidates in Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — has given those threats a tinge of seriousness. People are seriously thinking about moving to Canada if their candidate doesn’t win, and the numbers show that it may not be just hyperbole this time.
According to data from job search site Monster, the number of Americans looking for jobs in Canada has spiked 58% over last year. “Between January and October of this year, Monster saw 30,296 job searches using the keyword ‘Canada’ on Monster’s U.S. website, which is a jump from the 19,693 in all of 2015,” a Monster rep told The Cheat Sheet.
While these numbers are still relatively small, it does go to show that the 2016 election has people seriously considering some life-altering decisions in fear of the fallout.
Move to Canada? Mull it over, first
Of course, talk is cheap. People threaten to move to Canada every election year, and very few ever actually follow through. But again, this election is different — Trump is a thoroughly frightening candidate, and Clinton has her own flaws. If Monster’s numbers are any indication, there may actually be a bigger migration north of the border in coming years than we’ve seen before.
Keep in mind, however, that it may not be the best long-term move for most Americans.
As far as the data on searches goes, Monster’s team said the majority of Americans looking for jobs in Canada are looking in Ontario, with Toronto being the most often-searched destination. Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver followed close behind. In terms of the types of jobs Americans are searching for, those tied to engineering had the highest hits. That’s trailed by IT work, and jobs in the financial industry.
But when it comes to where the opportunity lies, Monster’s team ran down the top five jobs with the most openings (per its data) in Canada. If you truly plan to make a run for the border after the dust settles, these will probably be the easiest jobs to get.