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The most recent issue of Labour Market Notes (March 2020) was published on March 6, 2020.

Labour Market Notes

The Labour Market Notes documents contain analysis of the latest labour market data for Alberta, released monthly, on the same day as Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey.

The “Labour InSight” section covers a labour market topic in more detail. Beginning in October 2019, this section is usually published every other month.

Alberta labour market indicators

Indicator Latest *
Employment 2,329,900
    Month-over-month change 11,400
    Year-over-year % change -0.1%
Alberta unemployment rate (UR) 7.2%
    Edmonton UR ** 7.8%
    Calgary UR ** 7.4%
Participation rate 70.5%
Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) $1,165.99
    Year-over-year % change 2.1%
Average hourly wage $31.97
    Year-over-year % change 2.2%
Job vacancy rate *** 2.6%
Source: Statistics Canada

* All data is from the February 2020 Labour Force Survey, except AWE which is from the December 2019 Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours; and the Job Vacancy Rate, which is from the third quarter 2019 Job Vacancy and Wage Survey.

** This indicator is calculated as a 3‑month moving average and is seasonally adjusted.

*** This indicator is reported quarterly.

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Contact for Labour Market Notes

Robert Van Blyderveen, Economist
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Phone: 780-638-5628
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)