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Economics & Research

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.


The Owl​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Owl focuses on the day’s top economic new​s.

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Retail sales holding their momentum for now
April 20, 2018

Retail sales holding their momentum for now

In February, Albertans outspent the average Canadian by an average of $213 per month. This emphasizes the strength of the provincial economy after a significant recessionary period. But this could change...

EI numbers show economic strength
April 19, 2018

EI numbers show economic strength

The province's unemployment rate fell from 8.2 per cent in February 2017, to 6.7 per cent in February of this year. At the same time, Alberta’s labour market gained close to 45,000 jobs.

Alberta imports support national service economy
April 18, 2018

Alberta imports support national service economy

Alberta’s main interprovincial exports are mineral fuels and refined petroleum products. Combined, these categories accounted for 35.9 per cent of Alberta’s domestic exports in 2014.

Alberta key customer for other provinces
April 17, 2018

Alberta key customer for other provinces

Alberta may be a major supplier of goods and services to other provinces, but it's also a great customer.

Lumber prices hit record high
April 16, 2018

Lumber prices hit record high

North American framing lumber prices smashed through US$500 per thousand board feet last month, according to a U.S. forest industry association. That's a record high.

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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