Unemployment in Calgary increased 0.2 percentage points to 10.6 per cent in January. The Calgary Region also shed 8,000 jobs last month, the second consecutive month of losses for the city.
Alberta’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points, settling at 10.7 per cent in January compared to 11.1 per cent in December. The national rate increased by 0.6 percentage points to 9.4 per cent.
From March through June, with the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and depressed oil prices, a total of 108,000 jobs were lost in the Calgary Region, but almost all of those losses were recovered by October.
The Public Administration and Information and Culture & Recreation Services sectors saw the biggest job losses, at 3,800 and 3,600 jobs, respectively. Meanwhile, the Educational Services and Health Care & Social Assistance sectors saw the strongest gains, adding 4,800 and 2,700 jobs, respectively.
You can find the full Labour Force Survey results for January here.