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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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Albertan's summer spending near record levels
October 19, 2018

Albertan's summer spending near record levels

Retail sales in Alberta were virtually unchanged between July and August and spending was only 1.2 per cent off the record high achieved in May of this year. Total sales were 2.5 per cent higher compared to the previous 12 months.

EI numbers suggest stronger economy
October 18, 2018

EI numbers suggest stronger economy

The number of people receiving employment insurance dropped in August, down to 52,300. The last time EI numbers were this low was back in the spring of 2015, when Alberta’s economy was just starting to feel the effects of the recession.

Manufacturing sales take a break
October 17, 2018

Manufacturing sales take a break

Alberta's manufacturing sales took a break in August. The value of shipments from all manufacturers in Alberta was $6.6 billion (seasonally adjusted), representing nearly a one per cent drop from July.

Unemployment rates for women trending lower
October 16, 2018

Unemployment rates for women trending lower

One indicator of the gradually improving economy in Alberta has been the job market. Finding good quality employment is often a challenge, but for women, there are signs it is improving.

Lumber production edging higher
October 15, 2018

Lumber production edging higher

For dozens of communities along the western and northern regions of Alberta, it’s not cattle, wheat or even oil that drives the economy. It’s forestry.


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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.​​

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Todd Hirsch

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