A tale of 2 labour markets

There’s Alberta — and then there’s the rest of Canada
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2014

It’s a statistic that provides a pretty good snapshot of Canada’s labour market as of late: In the past year, Alberta has been responsible for 87 per cent of all new job creation in the country.

The province created 82,300 of the 94,700 total jobs created since early 2013, and its employment rate rose by 3.8 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.

“We’re seeing far and away much stronger job growth in Alberta than really anywhere else in the country,” said Robert Kavcic, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto.