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Alberta lost 34,200 private sector jobs in January

I finally had a chance to look through the January Labour Market Notes regarding the labour market in Alberta, which, incidentally, is titled, “Weak start to 2020”.

I finally had a chance to look through the January Labour Market Notes regarding the labour market in Alberta, which, incidentally, is titled, “Weak start to 2020”. You could replace “2020” with “UCP’s first term”, and it’d probably be more accurate.

Anyhow, here are some highlights:

  • Alberta lost 18,800 jobs in January.
  • The private sector lost 34,200 jobs last month.
  • There were 15,200 fewer part-time jobs and 3,600 fewer full-time jobs
  • Unemployment rose to 7.3%
  • Participation rate fell to 70.3%, which means fewer people unemployed *and* fewer actively looking for work.

You can read the entire report here.

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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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