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Ward 1 News: Labour Market Review January 2017

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January 2017

Labour Market Review

Calgary’s Labour Market Still One of the Most Active in Canada
Highlight: Statistics Canada’s January Labour Force Survey for the Calgary Economic Region (CER) and Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CCMA) shows the following:
  • Total employment in the CER was virtually unchanged (-1,300) from a month ago, and increased by 20,100 from a year ago.  Year-over-year, the job growth was concentrated in part-time (+14,900) positions and in service-producing industries (+33,900).
  • In January 2017, the unemployment rate was 9.5 per cent in the CER, compared to 8.5 per cent in Alberta and 6.6 per cent in Canada. The average weekly wage rate in the Calgary CMA was $1,133, up by 0.8 per cent from January 2016; the total weekly wage bills for the CMA increased by $26 millions.
  • In November 2016, the number of employment insurance (EI) recipients in the CMA was 32,470 persons, up by 59 per cent from November 2015.
  • The CER has a higher labour participation rate (74.6 per cent) and employment rate (67.4 per cent) than the national averages of 65.4 per cent and 61.2 per cent, respectively.  It now ranks as the fourth largest job market in Canada. The recently released 2016 federal census showed Calgary (1,239,220) became the third largest municipalities in Canada behind Toronto (2.7 million) and Montreal (1.7 million) in 2016.  Calgary’s rapid population growth is directly linked to a healthy job market which acts as a strong attractor for migrants.



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