August 2017

Labour Market Review

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

  • In the Calgary Economic Region (CER), total employment declined slightly by 2,500 from a month ago, but increased by 31,100 from a year ago. The region’s unemployment rate edged up to 8.6 per cent, comparing favorably to Edmonton’s 9.2 per cent. The overall Alberta unemployment rate was 8.1 per cent and across Canada the average unemployment rate was 6.4 per cent.
  • Year-over-year, there were 25,500 new full-time jobs and 5,700 part-time positions created. All job gains were in the service sector (+43,800) while losses were in the goods-producing sector (-12,500).
  • In the Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), the average weekly wage rate in August was $1,129, down $9 or 1 per cent from a year ago; the total  weekly wage bill for the CMA was $798 million, up by $22 million year-over-year.
  • In June 2017, there were 24,910 employment insurance (EI) recipients in the CMA, down by 6.1 per cent from a year ago.

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