Respectable hiring climate in Alberta for start of 2014

Dec 10, 2013

  • In Alberta, 13% of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (January to March).
  • 79% plan to maintain their current staffing levels, 7% anticipate cutbacks and 1% are not sure of their hiring intentions.

The national Net Employment Outlook of 12% is a two percentage point increase from the previous quarter and stable compared with the same time next year.

Just last week, Statistics Canada reported that Alberta had the fastest year-over-year employment growth in the country in November with employment up 78,100 jobs from a year ago, or 3.6%. On a monthly basis, employment grew by 0.5% or 10,600 positions. Alberta’s unemployment rate increased 0.3 percetage points to 4.7% as more people were seeking work. That unemployment rate is second lowest in the country to Saskatchewan’s 4.1%.

Employment growth year-over-year in Alberta accounted for 43.6% of Canada’s employment growth over the same period. Alberta will lead the nation with the fastest-growing economy in 2014, the Conference Board of Canada predicted Monday in its provincial outlook.