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Each Perch focuses on a topic that’s important to Alberta​ns.

It's off to work we go: An overview of Alberta's labour force

This edition of Perch provides answers to these questions to give context to the broader effort of ensuring that Albertans can find good jobs and Alberta employers can find good employees. After all, putting our human capital to work is the key to a strong economy and to ensuring Alberta remains agreat place to live.

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The Owl focuses on the day’s top economic news.

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Lumber prices smashing records
July 13, 2018

Lumber prices smashing records

In July, the composite price of framing lumber in North America hit US$564 per thousand board feet. That’s the highest price on record and more than double the price at the start of the decade.

Housing starts held steady in first half of 2018
July 12, 2018

Housing starts held steady in first half of 2018

Housing starts were stable in the first half of 2018. The average between January and June was just under 28,000 homes (annualized rate)—almost the same average seen over the last 3 years, which included 2 years of recession.

Albertans’ online spending habits: Part Two
July 11, 2018

Albertans’ online spending habits: Part Two

Online book stores were the most popular place to spend money online in the last year. The share of people who made a purchase on Amazon was virtually equal between the groups aged 25 to 34 (50 per cent) and 35 to 44 (51 per cent).

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