Alberta down close to 200,000 jobs on payroll in 2020

A report released by Statistics Canada on Thursday says the number of employees on payroll in Alberta in December 2020 was down 183,400 from December 2019.

The report also indicated that payroll employment fell in the province by 5,200 from the previous month.

Nationally, the federal agency said payroll employment was up 44,200 on a monthly basis but remained down by 1,077,700 from December 2019.

The total number of employees receiving pay or benefits from their employer was 1.1 million (-6.2 per cent) lower than in February 2020, just before pandemic outbreak in March 2020.

“In December, public health measures introduced earlier in the fall remained in place for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as for the Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia. Prince Edward Island entered a two-week lockdown on December 7. In Quebec, in addition to the measures already implemented, non-essential retail businesses were closed effective December 25. In Ontario, restrictions already in place for some regions of southern Ontario—including the closure of non-essential retail businesses—were extended to the rest of the province effective December 26,” said StatsCan.

Alberta continued to lead all provinces for average weekly earnings of $1,199.93 in December which was up by 0.4 per cent from November and by 2.4 per cent from a year ago.

Nationally, average weekly earnings of $1,111.54 were up 0.2 per cent month over month and by 6.4 per cent year over year.


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