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 municipal, provincial, and federal politics, specializing in investigative journalism and critical analysis from a leftist political lens. He also writes regular editorials on general politics and social issues.

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