May 2017

Labour Market Review

Calgary’s Labour Market Still One of the Most Active in Canada

Highlight: Statistics Canada’s January Labour Force Survey for the Calgary Economic Region (CER) and Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CCMA) shows the following:

  • Total employment in the Calgary Economic Region (CER) increased by 3,300 from a month ago, and by 21,900 from a year ago. The unemployment rate was 9 per cent in the CER, compared to 8.7 per cent in Alberta and 7 per cent in Canada.
  • Year-over-year, new jobs were created in both part-time (+13,900) and full-time (+8,000) positions. By occupation, job gains were concentrated in the Education, Law and Social, Community and Government Services positions (+14,700), while losses were mainly in the Natural and Applied Sciences and Related positions (-12,000).
  • The average weekly wage rate in the Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) was $1162, up 0.8 per cent from a year ago; the total weekly wage bill for the CMA increased by $14 millions year-over-year.
  • In February 2017, the number of employment insurance (EI) recipients in the CMA was 29,990 persons, up by 38 per cent from the same time last year.
  • By 2016, the number of unemployed persons in the CER totalled 84,700, more than half of them (58 per cent) in the Unclassified (32,800) and Sales and Service (14,200) occupations.  These were the people most vulnerable in the current depressed job market, as they either had no work experience or had relative low education levels ranging from occupation-specific training to formal post-secondary programs.

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