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ATB Financial’s economics team interprets the latest statistics on wages, employment, inflation, the oil and gas industry and other economic drivers in our province.


It's never fun to gas-up, especially now
July 20, 2018

It's never fun to gas-up, especially now

In some parts of our province, gasoline prices are fetching $1.40 per litre. For some drivers, refuelling their cars and trucks has never been more expensive.

Construction spending continues to cool
July 19, 2018

Construction spending continues to cool

Alberta spent $2.36 billion on commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects from April to the end of June, reflecting a nearly $64 million drop from the first quarter.

The value of education
July 18, 2018

The value of education

How do Albertans perceive the value of going to university versus going to college or learning a trade? We asked them, and this is what they shared.

Manufacturing shipments reach highest level since 2014
July 17, 2018

Manufacturing shipments reach highest level since 2014

In another sign that the 2015-16 recession is behind us, shipments of manufactured goods from Alberta reached the highest total in about three and a half years.

Job vacancy rates in Alberta
July 16, 2018

Job vacancy rates in Alberta

In the first quarter of this year, 2.6 per cent of the jobs in the province were waiting for a qualified candidate. That compares with 2.0 per cent at the beginning of 2016 and 2.2 per cent at the beginning of 2017.

Lumber prices smashing records
July 13, 2018

Lumber prices smashing records

In July, the composite price of framing lumber in North America hit US$564 per thousand board feet. That’s the highest price on record and more than double the price at the start of the decade.

Housing starts held steady in first half of 2018
July 12, 2018

Housing starts held steady in first half of 2018

Housing starts were stable in the first half of 2018. The average between January and June was just under 28,000 homes (annualized rate)—almost the same average seen over the last 3 years, which included 2 years of recession.

Perch

Each Perch focuses on a topic that’s important to Alberta​ns. So sit back and enjoy.​​

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Alberta Economic​ Outlook

ATB Financial’s Alberta Economic Outlook summarizes research on Alberta’s most important sectors. It analyzes the province’s economic happenings and outlines what may occur in the next few months.​​

Todd Hirsch

Learn more about Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist at ATB Financial.​​

Rob Roach

Meet Rob Roach, the director of insight on ATB Financial’s economics and research team.​​

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