Alberta lost 18,000 jobs in November: Statistics Canada

Alberta lost 18,000 jobs in November, according to Statistics Canada.

The numbers, released today, show that the loss was in several industries and was led by retail and wholesale.

Alberta’s unemployment rate rose to 7.2 per cent, a 0.5 per cent increase.

In Canada, 38,400 full-time jobs were lost and 32,800 part-time jobs making the country’s unemployment rate jump to 5.9 per cent last month. It was 5.5 per cent in October.

This was the highest increase in unemployment in Canada since 2009.

In June Canada lost 2,200 jobs but Alberta added 10,400 jobs and its jobless rate decreased from 6.7 per cent in May to 6.6 in June. 

Statistics Canada released in its labour force survey today and its shows Edmonton lost jobs. The average unemployment rate for Edmonton went from 6.8 per cent in May to 7.0 percent in June. Calgary’s unemployment rate stayed the same at 7.0 per cent.

Canada lost 71,200 jobs in November, which is the biggest drop since 2009. Canada only added 285,100 jobs in 2019 but the U.S. added 266,000 jobs in one month alone.

This fact didn’t go unnoticed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale who Tweeted – after Trudeau was caught on a live microphone at Buckingham Palace seemingly mocking Trump – that “Trump wins.”

Parscale said, “Let’s see.@realDonaldTrump is fighting for America and our economy just ADDED 266,000 jobs.@JustinTrudeau was laughing it up in London and the Canadian economy just LOST 71,200 jobs.
That’s no joke.

Trump wins. “

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-george@albertapressleader.ca

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