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The Owl

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.


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.

Unemployment rates vary by age Part I: Young workers
February 12, 2018

Unemployment rates vary by age Part I: Young workers

Despite the recession having technically ended more than a year ago, many Albertans are still struggling to find work. That struggle is especially daunting for young workers.

Jobs shed in January, but full-time work roars ahead
February 09, 2018

Jobs shed in January, but full-time work roars ahead

The January labour market report shows the province lost 5,900 jobs in January, breaking the pattern of strong job growth set during the last three months of 2017.

More evidence of a residential construction slowdown
February 08, 2018

More evidence of a residential construction slowdown

Alberta’s housing sector has been a key driver for the construction industry, but that segment of the industry is set to slow this year.

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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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