June 2017

Labour Market Review

Highlight: Statistics Canada’s June Labour Force shows the following:

  • Total employment in the Calgary Economic Region (CER) increased by 11,400 from a month ago, and by 36,700 from a year ago.  The region’s unemployment rate was 8.6 per cent, compared to 7.9 per cent in Alberta and 6.5 per cent in Canada. 
  • Year-over-year, there were 28,300 new jobs created in full-time positions and 8,300 in part-time. By age cohort 800 new jobs went to 15 to 24 years old; 31,200 to 25 to 44 years old, and 5,000 to 45 years and older.
  • In June 2017, there were 696,500 total employees in the Calgary CMA. Among them, 121,000 or 17.3 per cent were in part-time positions. This was the highest part-time to total employee ratio in the CMA over a decade. Currently, on average, part-time employees in the Calgary CMA earn $357 per week, while full-time workers earn $1,307 per week. This is a significant earning gap and is why we should pay close attention to the rising part-time employment issue.
  • In April 2017 there were 27,590 employment insurance (EI) recipients in the CMA, up by 14 per cent from the same time last year.Next Update: August 4, 2017

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