“Today’s job numbers continue to tell the story that Alberta is coming back and our economic recovery is reaching the kitchen tables of Albertans. Our nation-leading employment rate has increased to 64.2 per cent while unemployment has dropped to its lowest rate since before the pandemic.

“Our work to diversify our economy and ensure Alberta is the best place in the country to do business has resulted in huge investments in tech, film and television, petrochemicals and agriculture. We continue to see those investments turn into Alberta jobs, with more than 16,000 full-time jobs added in December and nearly 130,000 new jobs since one year ago.

“The momentum we’re seeing is translating into more people moving to Alberta from across the country, which is helping to lead to strong real estate markets. Across the province, real estate sales are up 52 per cent compared with 2020.

“Word is spreading that Alberta is the best place to do business, and our trajectory continues to move upward.

“The economic recovery and growth we have seen over the past year positions Alberta for a strong 2022, as we are forecasted to be the economic leaders in the country. Our work continues to ensure that the world knows Alberta is back and is a strong partner in every sector.”