Alberta’s unemployment rate continued to decline in March, now 9.1%

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Alberta’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend last month, falling 0.8 percentage points to 9.1%.

According to Statistics Canada’s March 2021 Labor Force Survey, only Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick had higher provincial unemployment rates than Alberta, at 12.4 and 9, respectively. , 2%.

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The Labor Force Survey, released Friday, reflects labor market conditions for the week of March 14-20, shortly after Jason Kenney’s UCP government announced the province would move to Stage 2 of his “way forward” plan, which included relaxing restrictions on fitness facilities and libraries.

The government then announced on Tuesday that it was returning to Stage 1 as the number of COVID-19 cases in Alberta increased and worrisome variants continued to spread.

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Nationally, Canada’s unemployment rate fell to 7.5% in March from 8.2% the month before.

According to Statistics Canada, the country added 303,000 jobs in March, an increase that put 296,000 employment below pre-COVID levels seen in February 2020.

“Employment gains in March were spread across most provinces, with the largest increases in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec,” says the Labor Force Survey.

Much of the increase in employment reflected the continued recovery in industries – including retailing and accommodation and food services – where employment fell in January due to health restrictions public. “

Edmonton and Calgary see unemployment rise

In Calgary, the unemployment rate fell six tenths of a percentage point in March to 10.0% from 10.6% in February.

Although Edmonton’s unemployment rate also edged down, it remained one of the highest in the country.

Edmonton’s unemployment rate in March was 11.2% compared to 11.6% the month before.

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Of the 34 metropolitan areas studied, only St. Catharines-Niagara, Ontario had a higher unemployment rate in March 2021 than Edmonton (12.2%).

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A look at Calgary and Edmonton’s unemployment rates amid COVID-19

Avril 2020

Calgary: 10,8%
Edmonton: 10,0%

May 2020

Calgary: 13,4%
Edmonton: 13,6%

June 2020

Calgary: 15,6%
Edmonton: 15,7%

July 2020

Calgary: 15,5%
Edmonton: 15,0%

August 2020

Calgary: 14,4%
Edmonton: 13,6%

September 2020

Calgary: 12,6%
Edmonton: 12,6%

October 2020

Calgary: 11,3%
Edmonton: 12,0%

November 2020

Calgary: 10,7%
Edmonton: 11,3%

December 2020

Calgary: 10,5%
Edmonton: 11,4%

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January 2021

Calgary: 10,6%
Edmonton: 11,9%

February 2021

Calgary: 10,6%
Edmonton: 11,6%

Mars 2021

Calgary: 10,0%
Edmonton: 11,2%

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