Latest Labour Market Notes

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

Download: Labour Market Notes: Labour market softening (March 2019)
Published March 8, 2019 (PDF, 890 KB)

Alberta labour market indicators

Indicator Latest*
Employment 2,330,200
    Month-over-month change 3,800
    Year-over-year % change 0.6%
Alberta unemployment rate (UR) 7.3%
    Edmonton UR** 7.0%
    Calgary UR** 7.6%
Participation rate 71.8%
Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) $1,148.45
    Year-over-year % change 0.0%
Average hourly wage $31.28
    Year-over-year % change 1.3%
Job vacancy rate*** 1.7%
Source: Statistics Canada
* All data is from the February 2019 Labour Force Survey, except AWE which is the December 2018 Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours, and the Job Vacancy Rate is for November 2018.
** This indicator is calculated as a 3‑month moving average and is seasonally adjusted.
*** This indicator is calculated as a 3‑month moving average and is not seasonally adjusted.

Labour InSight

The “Labour InSight” section covers a labour market topic in more detail.

Average weekly earnings (AWE) continued to improve in 2018, but the pace of growth moderated. This Labour InSight looks at the growth in earnings in 2018 as reported in the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours.

Download: Labour InSight: Slower earnings growth in second half of 2018 (March 2019)
Published March 8, 2019 (PDF, 890 KB)

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Contact for Labour Market Notes and Labour InSight

Robert Van Blyderveen, Economist
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Phone: 780-638-5628
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: Robert.Vanblyderveen@gov.ab.ca