“Today’s numbers once again indicate Alberta remains on a strong economic trajectory with more Albertans working, especially women and youth.

“In June, we saw a continued drop in the unemployment rate, now at 4.9 per cent. This is the first time since December 2015 that Alberta has been on par with the national average.

“Both Edmonton and Calgary have seen their unemployment rates drop to the levels of early spring 2015. Our low unemployment rate continues to indicate a solid path to recovery.

“With 2,000 new jobs added, Alberta has seen job gains for eight consecutive months and has now added more than 200,000 jobs since January 2021.

“Alberta continues to lead the country with high participation and employment rates. While inflation continues to be a concern, it is encouraging that more individuals and families can count on regular paycheques. Our Alberta Jobs Now program is helping. Through its first two intakes, 12,440 Albertans are back to work.

“Our ongoing efforts to ensure Alberta is the most competitive place to do business, along with Albertans’ ingenuity and entrepreneurship, means new opportunities open up every week.

“Alberta is seeing growth and new jobs in communities big and small across Alberta. Alberta’s Recovery Plan is working.”