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Labour Force Survey September 2020

Calgary unemployment dropped 1.8 percentage points to 12.6 in September and 27,000 jobs were added.

The numbers signal a slight recovery in the labor market following the COVID-19 shutdown six months prior. Due to local COVID-19 restrictions, Calgary was a month behind many Canadian cities returning from shut down. The recovery began in July and accelerated through September as employment rose by 3.4 per cent.

Statistics Canada reported Retail and Accommodation/Food services sectors continued to see the strongest gains in Calgary, adding 7,200 and 4,200 jobs, respectively. The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector added 2,300 jobs, reversing losses in August. 

You can view the full Labour Force Survey results for September here.

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