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Each Perch focuses on a topic that’s important to Alberta​ns.


It's off to work we go: An overview of Alberta's labour force

This edition of Perch provides answers to these questions to give context to the broader effort of ensuring that Albertans can find good jobs and Alberta employers can find good employees. After all, putting our human capital to work is the key to a strong economy and to ensuring Alberta remains agreat place to live.

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The Owl focuses on the day’s top economic news.

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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.

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