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The facts on employment in Alberta, Part 2

The facts on employment in Alberta, Part 2

Posted on: 4/9/2019 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

​​Yesterday, The Owl looked at trends in the job market since the end of the economic downturn a few years ago. The total number of Albertans working—including contract workers and those who are self-employed—has fully recovered. Compared to the peak reached before the recession, the number of workers is up 0.6 per cent as of January 2019.

Of course, not all jobs are created equal. It’s important to examine the trends in full-time and part-time work and what that information might say about the quality of job opportunities available to Albertans.

Growth in full-time jobs has been relatively flat, up only 1.7 per cent from March of 2014. That’s well below the growth of full-time jobs nationally (+6.9 per cent).

On the other hand, part-time jobs have accounted for the majority of new jobs in Alberta. They’re up 11.5 per cent since March 2014. National growth in part-time jobs was only 4.6 per cent.

This suggests while there are now more people working than before the recession started, growth has been skewed towards part-time jobs. Many people prefer part-time jobs, such as students, semi-retired and seasonal workers. However, Albertans who need full-time work may only be able to find part-time jobs, creating a financial strain.

Employment, graph​​​

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