Em­ploy­ment rises

Fort McMurray Today - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA BEAMISH To­day Staff lbeamish@post­media.com

Un­em­ploy­ment in the Wood Buf­falo re­gion low­est since 2015 at 6 per cent.

Un­em­ploy­ment in the cen­sus re­gion cov­er­ing Wood Buf­falo fell in Fe­bru­ary, drop­ping by 0.3 per cent since Jan­uary to six per cent. At the same time last year, un­em­ploy­ment in the re­gion was at 9.1 per cent.

Statis­tics Canada re­leased the in­for­ma­tion Fri­day morn­ing, show­ing that em­ploy­ment in the Wood Buf­falo-cold Lake re­gion was down 400 full-time po­si­tions, but was up 200 part­time po­si­tions from Jan­uary.

For the first time since Oc­to­ber, the sec­tor cov­er­ing nat­u­ral re­source jobs saw an in­crease in po­si­tions, with 400 jobs added to the re­gion.

Con­struc­tion saw an in­crease of 100 po­si­tions in Fe­bru­ary, af­ter it had de­creased by 100 in Jan­uary. Whole­sale and re­tail trade saw a de­crease of 400 jobs.

Con­tin­u­ing to make more jobs avail­able, ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices added 600 jobs in Fe­bru­ary in the Wood Buf­falo­cold Lake re­gion. Ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices have seen an over­all in­crease of 1,600 po­si­tions since Oc­to­ber 2017.

Across Al­berta, the un­em­ploy­ment rate re­mained at 6.8 per cent, the same as the rate from Jan­uary. Na­tion­ally, un­em­ploy­ment saw a 0.2 per cent in­crease, bring it to 5.9 per cent.


A heavy hauler truck and sev­eral smaller trucks near the en­trance to Sun­cor's North Steep­bank Mine, lo­cated north of Fort Mcmur­ray, Alta., on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 27, 2017.

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