Statistics Canada has released their figured for job rates in 2018, and it appears that Alberta is actually seeing an upswing in full-time and part-time work.
January 2018 clocked in with 2,314,500 Albertans employed at the start of the year (1,917,300 working full-time and 397,200 working part-time) and finished off December 2018 with a full 2,342,000 people holding onto paying positions — meaning the province ended the year with 27,500 extra positions.
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The majority of that increase was seen in the part-time sector, as full-time positions only went up by 2,700 over the span of the year, while the latter clocked in at a 24,800 job increase.
There was a bit of a dip between November and December, however, as November saw a huge increase over October (23,700 jobs), though much of that was lost heading into the final month of the year (17,000).
But, in the grand scheme of things, the amount of employed Albertans has been going up steadily since the end of 2017, and the number of unemployed people has been slowly but surely heading downwards, landing at an unemployment rate of 6.4%.
As of December 2018, there were 159,800 unemployed Albertans, which is significantly less than the 174,800 who were without a job at the start of the year.
Not a bad way to head into 2019, if we do say so ourselves.