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Alberta lost 52,600 full-time jobs since July 2019

Full-time jobs are up by 3,300. This seems like good news, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

The March Labour Market Notes was released today for February’s job numbers. Here are some highlights:

  • Part-time jobs are up by 8,100
  • Full-time jobs are up by 3,300
  • Self-employment jobs are down by 3,000
  • Public sector jobs are down by 4,700
  • Private sector jobs are up by 19,200

This seems like good news, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

The number of filled full-time jobs was at its lowest level in 2 years in January, and this is the first increase since October. Between July 2019 and January 2020, Alberta lost 55,900 full-time jobs. We lost 3,600 jobs in January alone. This increase brings that number to 52,600. We have still lost over 50,000 full-time jobs since last July. That’s over 6,500 lost per month on average. These new jobs don’t even make up for January’s losses.

I guess we’ll see if this increase is part of a trend.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on politics and labour.

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