Seasonally adjusted payroll employment* in Alberta fell by 32,236 jobs (-1.8 per cent) in January 2021 compared to December 2020.
Compared to 12 months earlier, the number of employee positions in the province was down by 209,674 (-10.4 per cent). The next largest gap on a proportional basis was in Ontario where year-over-year employment in January 2021 was down by 8.1 per cent (-532,038 jobs).
Nationally, the number of payroll jobs in January 2021 was down by 134,491 (-0.8 per cent) compared to December. Total employment was down by over 1.2 million jobs (-7.3 per cent) compared to January 2020.
In Alberta, employment in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector was down by 49.1 per cent (-19,164) in January 2021 compared a year earlier. In the accommodation and food services sector, the gap was 36.1 per cent (-59,560).
Seasonally adjusted average weekly earnings in the province were 4.5 per cent higher in January 2021 than in January 2020 as the concentration of job losses among lower-paid employees during the pandemic pushed up average earnings.
Earnings growth in Alberta over this period was lower than in the country as a whole (+8.3 per cent) in large part because of job losses among higher-paid oil and gas sector workers.
*The Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours does not include self-employed workers, employees in the agricultural sector or owners of unincorporated businesses and professional practices.
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Today’s trivia question: Which province had the lowest seasonally adjusted average weekly earnings in January 2021?