Unemployment Rate

The number of people who are unemployed as a percentage of the active labour force (i.e. employed and unemployed). For this indicator seasonally adjusted estimates are shown.

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Analysis

PUBLISHED - Apr 7, 2017

In March 2017 Alberta's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.4%, up from the 7.2% rate that was registered a year earlier and up slightly from last month's rate of 8.3%. The primary reason for the rise in the unemployment rate was a substantial increase in the people entering the labour force looking for work -- the size of the labour force increased by 24,900 people in March compared to the previous month. The national unemployment rate was 6.7% in March, down from last March's rate of 7.1%. Alberta's youth unemployment rate was 14.1%, up from last year's 11.1% rate.