Unemployment in Calgary remained unchanged in February compared to the month prior, at 10.6 per cent. The Calgary Region shed 6,800 jobs last month, but also saw its labour force shrink by 7,500. The combination of jobs lost and decrease in the overall labour force explain the unchanged unemployment rate for the city.
Alberta’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.8 percentage points to 9.9 per cent in February, compared with 10.7 per cent in January. The national rate decreased by 1.2 percentage points to 8.2 per cent.
The unemployment rate in the Calgary Region was 7.2 per cent in February 2020, the last month before the COVID-19 shutdowns. The unemployment rate reached 15.6 per cent in June, the highest among major urban centres in Canada, but lowered to 10.6 per cent in January.
The Business, Building and Other Support Services and Educational Services sectors saw the strongest gains in February, at 2,800 and 5,300 jobs added, respectively. The Health Care and Social Assistance sector also gained 1,300 jobs last month. The Information, Culture and Recreation and Trade (Wholesale and Retail) sectors saw the most losses last month, losing 3,900 and 5,100 jobs, respectively.
You can find the full Labour Force Survey results for February here.