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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.


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Business ownership by gender in Alberta
March 08, 2019

Business ownership by gender in Alberta

Women are slightly underrepresented in the province’s labour force, making up half (49.6 per cent) of our working age population in 2018 yet accounting for 46 per cent of the labour force.

Building permits continue their downward trend
March 07, 2019

Building permits continue their downward trend

Building permits for both residential and non-residential projects totaled $1.028 billion in Alberta in January. This number is down by eight per cent from December and lower than last year’s average by almost nine per cent.

Canola exports to China in question
March 06, 2019

Canola exports to China in question

Chinese-imposed restrictions on canola seed imports from Canada as diplomatic tension between the two countries continues. China is the largest destination for Alberta's canola.

Drilling rig counts down to start the year
March 05, 2019

Drilling rig counts down to start the year

The average number of active drilling rigs in Alberta in February was down 3 per cent from the previous month and 34.2 per cent from the same month one year earlier.

Alberta's capital expenditure projections for 2019
March 04, 2019

Alberta's capital expenditure projections for 2019

Alberta's capital expenditures are expected to decrease by 1.3 per cent across all industries in 2019. Nationally, spending is expected to increase by 2.5 per cent.

Record number of new homes sitting vacant
March 01, 2019

Record number of new homes sitting vacant

The number of vacant new homes is on the rise in both Calgary and Edmonton, thanks to an uncertain economy, a tough labour market and higher mortgage rates, among other factors.

Inflation edges down in Alberta
February 28, 2019

Inflation edges down in Alberta

Prices in Alberta increased by 1.2 per cent between January 2018 and January 2019. The year-over-year inflation rate for the country as a whole was 1.4 per cent.

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