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The Owl

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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Alberta in context: GDP
June 18, 2019

Alberta in context: GDP

The Owl has compared Alberta’s GDP to that of countries around the world before, but this bears repeating: while Alberta is often referred to as a “small economy,” our per capita GDP says otherwise.

Alberta in context: Population
June 17, 2019

Alberta in context: Population

Alberta’s population of 4.3 million people (as of July 1, 2018) could be seen as either a small or large market.

New housing prices in Alberta stagnant
June 14, 2019

New housing prices in Alberta stagnant

New house prices in Alberta grew strongly over the course of 2012 and 2014. They then plateaued in 2015 and began to edge down in mid-2016.

Incomes down in Alberta since 2014
June 13, 2019

Incomes down in Alberta since 2014

The negative impact of the 2015/16 recession is evident with the average after-tax income of Alberta households down by 4.1 per cent in 2017 versus 2014.

The net worth of Albertans
June 12, 2019

The net worth of Albertans

When it comes to net worth, Alberta is third behind B.C. and Ontario. The average net worth of households in Alberta in 2018 was $787,849 compared to $926,650 in B.C. and $800,401 in Ontario.

Alberta’s labour market since the recession, part 2
June 11, 2019

Alberta’s labour market since the recession, part 2

The average number of private sector jobs in 2018 was down by 2.2 per cent compared to 2014 while public sector jobs were up by 19.3 per cent.

Alberta’s labour market since the recession, part 1
June 10, 2019

Alberta’s labour market since the recession, part 1

Although the unemployment rate in Alberta is lower than it was during the recession, it remains higher than it was before the downturn.

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