February 2016Labour Market ReviewHighlights
The Labour Force Survey seasonally unadjusted 3-month-moving-average data for the Calgary Economic Region (CER) in February 2016 shows the following:
• Month-over-month, total employment decreased by 4,200 positions, all in full-time (-4,700). Year-over-year, total employment decreased by 23,900. Losses in full-time (-43,900) were partially offset by gains in part-time (+20,000). Calgary’s unemployment rate was 8.5 per cent, compared to 7.6 in Alberta and 7.3 in Canada.
• Calgary’s average hourly wage rate was $30.27 per hour, up from $30.01 in February 2015. The wage inflation rate in February 2016 was 0.9 per cent, down from 5.5 per cent for the same time last year (more details see Special Report: Calgary’s Labour Market from 1976 to 2015 Table 1).
• Total EI beneficiaries in Calgary CMA increased to 20,750 persons in December 2015, compared to 10,140 persons a year ago.
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