Labour Market Review
• In June total employment in the CER increased by (+3,500) persons, partially offset by cuts in part-time positions (-2,200). Year-over-year, the region’s total employment declined by 35,500 persons, due to cuts in 33,300 full-time jobs.
• The unemployment rate was 8.5 per cent in the CER, compared to 8.4 per cent in May and 6.1 per cent in June last year. The supplementary unemployment rate for those unemployed one year or more continued to increase in Alberta, in contrast to trends elsewhere in Canada.
• The average weekly wage rate in the Calgary CMA increased by $29 year-over-year, from $1,125 last June to $1,154 this June. Among major industries, Construction (+$136), Mining, oil and gas extraction (+$102), and Health care and Services (+$86) saw the biggest gains in wage increase. However, the total wage bills decreased (-$32 million) in the region due to continued job cuts.
• The number of people receiving regular employment insurance (EI) benefits in the Calgary CMA increased to 22,030 in April 2016, from 21,820 in March 2016 and 13,840 persons the same time last year.
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