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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.


Alberta seeing fewer EI claimants
May 25, 2018

Alberta seeing fewer EI claimants

The number of Albertan beneficiaries has been on the decline for five consecutive months and March was no different. That month saw a two per cent drop in claims over February, representing 1,480 people.

Construction prices stabilizing in Alberta
May 24, 2018

Construction prices stabilizing in Alberta

The economic boom of 2006-07 more than doubled construction costs, but the recession of 2009-10 brought them back down. Prices rose more gradually during 2012-14, then fell modestly through 2015-16.

Wholesale activity still strong but could signal weakness in retail sector
May 23, 2018

Wholesale activity still strong but could signal weakness in retail sector

In March, the total sales of products to businesses, institutions and governments, reached $6.7 billion. March’s total meant that sales were up 5.6 per cent from the same month a year earlier.

ATB's Alberta Economic Outlook: Provincial economy improving but at a more moderate pace
May 22, 2018

ATB's Alberta Economic Outlook: Provincial economy improving but at a more moderate pace

Alberta’s economy is once again expanding with most major economic indicators moving in the right direction. ATB Financial releases its latest Alberta Economic Outlook today.

Natural gas: Alberta’s other economic engine
May 18, 2018

Natural gas: Alberta’s other economic engine

Oil pipelines, oil prices, oil sands – in short, oil gets a lot of attention in Alberta, and rightly so. But it wasn’t that long ago that the big game in town was natural gas.

Albertans spending less on alcohol and drinking less too
May 17, 2018

Albertans spending less on alcohol and drinking less too

For many Albertans, the May-long weekend is the first real chance to fire up the barbeque, pack our coolers full of our favourite wine and beer and (hopefully) soak up the sun.

Manufacturing to help sustain economic growth this year
May 16, 2018

Manufacturing to help sustain economic growth this year

The sale of manufactured goods in Alberta continues to improve and help fuel economic growth in the province.

Perch

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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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