Market Still One of the Most Active in Canada
Canada’s January Labour Force Survey for the Calgary Economic Region (CER)
and Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CCMA) shows the following:
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
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