“April’s job numbers reflect the ongoing positive momentum in our economy.

“Alberta gained 16,000 new jobs in April and nearly 40,000 jobs since the start of the year. This marks the sixth straight month of job gains in our province.

“April’s 5.9 per cent unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 2015. We haven’t seen an unemployment rate this low since previous conservative governments were in office in Alberta.

“With a record start to 2022 in venture capital with investments in companies like Neo Financial, Athenian and Helcim, and major announcements from Rogers, Walmart and De Havilland, thousands of jobs are being created to help diversify our economy. Diversification is not just a buzzword in Alberta, it is happening faster than anyone expected.

“There is still work to be done to capitalize on the new opportunities in our province. That’s why we have invested $600 million in our Alberta at Work plan. We know there are high-paying jobs available for Albertans and we are working with our partners to ensure that Albertans have the skills needed to fill these positions.

“Our efforts to attract investment and job-friendly policies are working to fulfil our mandate of jobs, economy and pipelines. Our economy is more diversified than ever and we continue to see record levels of exports. This is a turnaround year and I am confident our economy is well-positioned to ensure the 2020s will be Alberta’s decade.”