While the rest of the country saw gains in employment over the past month, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, Alberta’s employment numbers were little changed, and unemployment, while lower, remains the second highest in the country.
The federal agency says the unemployment rate fell by a full percentage point to 11.8 per cent, but attributed the decline to fewer people looking for work in the province. That is down from a pandemic high of 15.5 per cent in May and June.
The rate is significantly higher for those between the ages of 15 and 24, with 28.3 per cent of men and 25.7 per cent of women in that age bracket unemployed.
The only province with a higher rate of unemployment across all age categories was Newfoundland and Labrador at 13.1 per cent.
Alberta and New Brunswick were the only provinces that did not see increases in employment from July to August, and while Canada as a whole gained 246,000 jobs in August, that’s still about one million less than before the pandemic struck.
The most significant area of growth for employment in Alberta was in professional, scientific and technical services, while construction saw the greatest decline.