Alberta Real Estate Association

Alberta Employment Trends

The unemployment rate in Alberta was 9.3% as of April 2021, down 0.6% from the previous month. The unemployment rate stood 5.6% below the peak from June 2020 but remains above the long-run average.

There were 17,400 more full-time jobs in April 2021 compared to a month earlier. A loss of 3,700 part-time positions led to an increase of 13,700 total jobs in April.

Full-time employment was still down 92,000 jobs from the peak in February 2015 but stood 148,900 jobs above the recent trough in June 2020.

The number of full-time jobs in April was up from the previous month in utilities, construction, manufacturing, trade services, professional & scientific services, business & building services, education, healthcare, information & cultural services, and accommodation & food services.

Full-time job losses in April occurred in agriculture, natural resources, transportation & warehousing, the financial sector, and public administration.

* All figures are seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving averages. Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal fluctuations.