Labour Market Notes (Monthly)

These documents contain analysis of the latest labour market data for Alberta, released the same day as Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. The "Labour InSight" section covers a labour market topic in more detail. These documents are published monthly.

Latest Labour Market Notes (November 2017)

Posted November 3, 2017

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  • Employment Growth by Province, October 2017 vs. October 2016. Source: Statistics Canada.Employment recovery back on track.
    After declining in two of the last three months, employment in Alberta increased by 11,900 in October, the largest monthly gain since March.

  • Gains concentrated in the private sector.
    Employment in the private sector increased by 14,500 while public sector employment eased (-2,300) and self-employment (-300) was virtually unchanged.

  • Ongoing shift to full-time.
    Full-time positions increased (+18,900) while part-time positions declined (-7,100). Since the July 2016 low, Alberta’s economy has added 71,700 full-time jobs and 40,900 overall jobs.

  • Steady recovery in the goods-producing sector.
    Goods-producing sector employment increased (+4,900) for the third month in a row to the highest level since April 2016. The increase was led by the third consecutive monthly gain in the construction sector (+2,400) and ongoing gains in primary resources (+1,300).

  • Service sector rebounds.
    Employment in the service sector rebounded (+7,000) after three consecutive monthly losses. The gains in the service sector were concentrated in the professional, scientific and technical services (+9,500), which reached the highest level since October 2014.

  • Modest year-over-year job growth.
    Despite the strong monthly gain, year-over-year employment has increased by a modest 16,500, or 0.7%, as strong gains also occurred last September and October.

  • Unemployment rate edges lower.
    With the monthly gain in employment, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points, to 7.8%.

  • Participation rate moves higher.
    The labour force participation increased 0.2 percentage points, to 72.2%, after falling to a fifteen-month low in September.

  • Earnings grow in August.
    Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) increased 0.6% in August, to $1,134. Compared to a year ago, earnings were up 1.1%.

Labour InSight:

PDF format  Labour InSight: Labour market participation trending lower (complete report)

Labour InSight Highlights:

  • Alberta’s labour force participation rate has been drifting lower for nearly a decade. This labour insight explores two important drivers of the decline. The first driver is population aging and the second is reduced youth workforce engagement.

Chart 1: Labour force participation trending downward - labour force participation rates in Alberta and Canada. Source: Statistics Canada.

Chart 2: Secular trends curb participation - Alberta labour market indicators by age. Source: Statistics Canada.

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