Alberta’s unemployment rate drops drastically but Calgary, Edmonton jobless rates still high

Although Alberta’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend last month, Calgary’s jobless rate is now the highest in Canada.

According to Statistics Canada‚Äôs April 2022 Labour Force Survey, Alberta had a jobless rate of 5.9 per cent, down six-tenths of a percentage point from March when it sat at 6.5 per cent.

In Calgary, the unemployment rate fell to 7.2 per cent in April compared to 7.7 per cent the month prior. Despite the drop, Calgary now has the highest jobless number among the 34 metropolitan areas surveyed.

Edmonton, meanwhile, dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 per cent, compared to 7.1 per cent in March, making it tied with St. John’s N.L. for the third highest jobless rate in Canada.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell to another record low in April, sitting at 5.2 per cent, compared with the previous record low of 5.3 per cent set in March.

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