Unemployment In Alberta Reaches A 22 Year High In 2016

Unemployment In Alberta Reaches A 22 Year High In 2016

Canada’s third largest province by GDP took a major hit in 2016. According to the latest release from Statistics Canada, employment took a major downturn in the province of Alberta. The significant decline means unemployment reached record levels, mostly impacting full-time jobs in the province.

22 Year High

Alberta’s unemployment numbers soared to its highest in 22 years. The rate reached 8.1% in 2016, or roughly 200,800 unemployed job-seekers. The last time the province reached this number was in 1994, when it hit 8.8%. Not insanely high for the country, which currently sits at 7.0% – but this is very high for Alberta which averaged 5.5% during that period.

Alberta Unemployment Rate (1994 – 2016)

Alberta reached a 22 year unemployment high last year.

Largest Increase of Unemployment in 7 Years

Last year saw the largest single year increase in 7 years. In 2016 the province lost a total of 52,800 jobs – 35.6% of those losses were people aged 34 and younger. These kinds of numbers were last seen in 2009, when Alberta shed 65,400 jobs due to the Great Recession — when the global economy saw the largest decline since World War II. Curiously however, this time around the global economy doesn’t seem to be experiencing the same downturn as Alberta.

Full-Time Employment Declined

To compound these issues, part-time employment may be replacing these lost jobs. Full-time employment declined 3.6%, leaving 1,842,000 jobs in the province. This is once again the worst numbers seen since 2009. On a potentially positive note, at least part-time jobs have experienced 8% growth. I say potentially because if part-time jobs are replacing full-time gigs, that could present a much greater concern.

If you think this is just Alberta’s problem, you’re mistaken. Alberta is the third largest province by GDP, so a decline in employment could have a significant impact on the whole Canadian economy. This additionally could add pressure to local housing markets, due to the uniqueness of non-recourse mortgages in the province.

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  • RE Bear 7 years ago

    If Alberta can’t create jobs in this environment, people in other provinces should be scared.

  • Albertan 7 years ago

    The province is as much a reflection of the people. They spent everything they made, and didn’t plan for the future. They assumed the destruction of the environment would carry them forever.

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