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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.


The Owl​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Owl focuses on the day’s top economic new​s.

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Wholesale trade ends 2017 well
February 20, 2018

Wholesale trade ends 2017 well

The most recent wholesale trade numbers confirm that Alberta’s retail sector is starting the year on solid footing. That’s because last December, total wholesale activity in the province reached $6.8 billion, the third monthly increase in four months.

Manufacturing momentum continues
February 16, 2018

Manufacturing momentum continues

For six consecutive months, sales from Alberta factories and shop floors have continued to grow, suggesting that Alberta’s manufacturers are back to business.

Alberta’s economy continues to edge forward, but challenges linger; ATB’s Alberta Economic Outlook
February 15, 2018

Alberta’s economy continues to edge forward, but challenges linger; ATB’s Alberta Economic Outlook

All signs point to growth for Alberta’s economy in 2018. Still, challenges continue, with the unemployment rate stubbornly high and some businesses in the province struggling.

Valentine’s Day Edition: Mmmm chocolate
February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day Edition: Mmmm chocolate

Whatever your feelings are about Valentine’s Day, it’s a good excuse to eat extra chocolate!

Unemployment rates vary by age Part II: Mature workers
February 13, 2018

Unemployment rates vary by age Part II: Mature workers

Mature workers have enjoyed an unemployment rate lower than the average. But during and after the recession, the jobless rate for mature workers has been more volatile.

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

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

Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch is the Chief Economist at ATB Financial.

Rob Roach

Rob Roach

As a Director of Insight with ATB Financial’s Economics and Research team, Rob examines the economic and social forces that affect Albertans’ quality of life.

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