Alberta's unemployment rate rises to 6 percent

Dec 19 2017, 2:31 am

The Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey found little change in the employment rates of Alberta but has seen an increase in the unemployment rate from 0.3 up to 6 percent in July as more people are seeking out work.

Since, January unemployment increased by 1.5 percentage points.

Full-time employment actually rose in Alberta by 1,600 positions but part-time employment declined, according to the Calgary Herald.

The Calgary Herald reported that Calgary’s unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent from 5.7 percent in June from a Statistics Canada release. These statistical samples are small so Statistics Canada cautions the numbers can fluctuate widely.

In July there were 1,700 fewer jobs in Alberta’s natural resources sector, this includes oil and gas, and this sector continues to struggle as oil prices are still low.

As for Canada, Statistics Canada reports, employment also had seen little change and the unemployment rate, for the 6th consecutive month, remained at 6.8 percent.  Comparing to the last 12 months the employment rate actually increased by 0.9 percent because an increase in full-time work.

Provincially, employment rose in Quebec and Nova Scotia but there were some declines seen in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.



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