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Unemployment rate barely budged in September

Just over 38,000 jobs were added in September, but the number of jobs in the province was still down by 142,700 compared to a year ago

By ATB Economics 9 October 2020 less than a minute

According to latest Labour Force Survey* results, Alberta’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate improved by only a tenth of a percentage point, going from 11.8 in August to 11.7 in September.

There were 293,200 Albertans actively looking for work but unable to find it in September.

Just over 38,000 jobs were added in September (+1.8 per cent), but the number of jobs in the province was still down by 142,700 compared to a year ago (-6.1 per cent). About 90 per cent of the new jobs were full-time positions.

Nationally, the unemployment rate went from 10.2 per cent to 9.0 per cent with 378,200 jobs added (+2.1 per cent).

On a year-over-basis, there were 685,000 fewer jobs in Canada (-3.6 per cent) than in September 2019.

*The September Labour Force Survey results reflect labour market conditions as of the week of September 13 to 19.

Alberta’s unemployment rate improved by only a tenth of a percentage point in September

Alberta’s unemployment rate improved by only a tenth of a percentage point in September


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