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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.


Pace of Alberta retail sales matches Canadian average
September 25, 2018

Pace of Alberta retail sales matches Canadian average

Compared to other provinces, Albertans don’t appear to be holding on any more or less tightly to their spending money than most other Canadians.

A rising bar: Exploring education levels in Alberta
September 21, 2018

A rising bar: Exploring education levels in Alberta

As of the 1981 Census, 36 per cent of Canadians age 15 and over had a post-secondary credential. Ten years later, the number had risen to 43 per cent.

Housing starts jump up again in August
September 24, 2018

Housing starts jump up again in August

Higher levels of supply and stagnant house prices in Alberta’s main cities aren’t doing much to slow housing construction in our province.

A foot in the door: Education and employment
September 20, 2018

A foot in the door: Education and employment

Seven in 10 Albertans age 25 to 64 with a trade certificate or college diploma were employed in 2017; it’s almost eight in 10 for Albertans with a university degree.

ATB's latest Perch explores higher education
September 19, 2018

ATB's latest Perch explores higher education

There is a wide range of benefits associated with post-secondary education, but getting a well-paying job afterward is often at or near the top of the list.

Alberta manufacturing continues to climb
September 18, 2018

Alberta manufacturing continues to climb

One of the key indicators of economic health is manufacturing shipments. And according to the latest data released by Statistics Canada, the level of activity is nearly back to where it was before the recession.

Consumer bankruptcies stable, but proposals on the rise
September 17, 2018

Consumer bankruptcies stable, but proposals on the rise

After a slight increase during the recession in 2015, total consumer insolvencies have been remarkably stable. A more troubling trend is brewing with consumer proposals.

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

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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