Alberta’s unemployment rate 7 per cent in 2019

Alberta’s unemployment rate increased by 0.6 percentage points in 2019 to 7.0 per cent in December 2019.

Employment in Alberta was essentially unchanged in 2019 compared with 2018, as fewer people were working full-time and more were working part-time, according to a Statistics Canada report released today.

While the number of those aged 15 to 24 in the labour force increased, employment for this age group remained relatively stable. This led the youth unemployment rate to rise 3.9 percentage points to 14.7 per cent. Both the employment level and the unemployment rate were little changed among the core-aged population (25 to 54 years of age).

Overall, employment in Canada increased by 35,000 (+0.2 per cent) in December, and the unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 5.6 per cent. This is attributed to job growth in Ontario and Quebec.

In December, employment also increased in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, while a decline was recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador.

-Jon Kline photo

Alberta Press staff

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