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December 2016

Labour Market Review


December’s 2016 Labour Force Survey for the CER and Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CCMA) shows the following:

  • Year end review: In 2016, the CER lost 18,300 jobs in total, all of them in full-time positions (-29,500). The annual average unemployment rate jumped to 9.0 per cent, from 6.1 per cent a year ago. Total employment income in the region declined for the first time in fifteen years by $810 million to $40 billion in 2016.
  • From November to December 2016, total employment in the CER increased by 4,600, both in full-time (+3,600) and part-time (+1,000) positions. From December 2015 to December 2016, total employment increased by 15,800, mainly in part-time (+13,000) positions.
  • The unemployment rate in the CER was 9.6 per cent, compared to 8.1 per cent in Alberta and 6.4 per cent in Canada. In October, the number of employment insurance (EI) recipients in the CMA was 30,900 persons, up by 57 per cent from a year ago.
  • The average weekly wage rate in the Calgary CMA was $1,134, up by 1.2 per cent a year ago; the total wage bills for the region increased by $25 millions.

View the full report here

Categories: City Finances; Councillor; Economics

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