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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.


Manufacturing shipments reach highest level seen in 2017
January 19, 2018

Manufacturing shipments reach highest level seen in 2017

​​In November, sales from Alberta factory and shop floors reached the highest level seen in 2017. Total manufacturing shipments grew 1.2 per cent from October and reached $6.1 billion. Compared to one year earlier, shipments were up more than 10 per cent.

After 12 months of decline, EI numbers edge higher
January 18, 2018

After 12 months of decline, EI numbers edge higher

At the end of 2017, Alberta’s labour market had been making headway after two years of recession.

New vehicle sales bounce back in 2017
January 17, 2018

New vehicle sales bounce back in 2017

Consumer spending is always a great indicator of how the economy is performing, particularly since consumption drives such a large portion of the economy.

Non-residential construction slows at the end of ‘17
January 16, 2018

Non-residential construction slows at the end of ‘17

The sight of construction cranes have dotted Alberta’s horizon for years—and even heading into the recession, non-residential building continued to advance.

Oil prices start the year strong, but...
January 15, 2018

Oil prices start the year strong, but...

Alberta’s energy sector has started the year with mixed news.

The top three digital currencies to watch this year
January 11, 2018

The top three digital currencies to watch this year

It’s likely that in 2018 one of the top economics and business stories will continue to be cryptocurrencies.

Construction permits rise in November
January 10, 2018

Construction permits rise in November

One of the best forward-looking indicators available to economists is building permits issued by municipalities.

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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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