Hours before Donald Trump was declared the winner of the presidential race by the news media, Austin-based job search engine Indeed.com saw raised activity in U.S. job searches in Canada.
Yesterday between 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (around the time Trump was ahead 6 points in the popular vote) and 1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (around the time Clinton was losing swing states), the number of Indeed users from the U.S. searching for jobs in Canada rose from less than 1 percent to 6 percent.
“For many Americans, the election result was such a shock that many are imagining a way out,” Jed Kolko, Indeed.com's chief economist, said in a statement. “In the hours just after Trump’s victory was called, Americans were searching for jobs in Canada at ten times the rate of previous nights.”
Kolko clarified that just because there was an increase in job search doesn't mean people will actually move.
“It’s far too soon to guess how many of these searchers will make a move after the shock wears off,” Kolko said. “But the jump in searches shows how many Americans were surprised by Trump’s victory and are thinking about their options elsewhere.”
In addition to increased job searches, the Canadian immigration website crashed last night, and as of now is still operating slowly. Google reported a 350% increase on the search term "how to move to Canada" early this morning.
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