Labour Market Review
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 decreased by 1,700 from a month ago, but increased by 22,600 from a year ago. Year-over-year, net jobs were created in both part-time (+8,300) and full-time (+14,300) positions.
• The region’s unemployment rate was 9.1 per cent in February, compared to 9.5 per cent in January and 8.5 per cent the same time last year. The average weekly wage rate in the Calgary CMA was $1,146, up 2.0 per cent from a year ago; the total weekly wage bills for the CMA increased by $28.6 million year-over-year.
• In December 2016, the number of employment insurance (EI) recipients in the CMA was 33,330 persons, up by 60 per cent from December 2015.
• It is evident, for some months by now, that a job recovery has started in the CER, both in part-time and full-time positions. Compared to this time last year, more industries have net job gains on a year-over-year basis, including Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (PSTS) that added 7,000 full-time jobs.
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