Alberta payroll employment on the decline

In Alberta, payroll employment in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction has continued to trend downward since February

Payroll employment in Alberta fell by 12,500 positions in November and it was down by close to 184,000 from the previous year, according to a report released by Statistics Canada on Thursday.

The federal agency said payroll employment in Canada fell by 79,500 in November – the first decline since May – and it was down by just over 1.1 million from November 2019.

Payroll employment in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction was little changed in November, and was further from full recovery than any other goods-producing sector, at 7.9 per cent below the February level,” said StatsCan.

“The lag in recovery of payroll employment in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction was almost entirely driven by Alberta, which held half of the national payroll employment in this sector in February. In Alberta, payroll employment in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction has continued to trend downward since February, decreasing in November (-0.4 per cent; -500) to 15.2 per cent below the February level. In the rest of Canada (excluding Alberta), payroll employment in the sector had almost fully recovered and was 0.6 per cent below the pre-COVID level in November, after falling 9.5 per cent below its February level in May.

“Average weekly earnings in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction were $2,074 in November, little changed compared with 12 months earlier.”

Alberta continues to lead all provinces in average weekly earnings at $1,197.26 in November which was up 0.9 per cent month over month and increased by 2.2 per cent year over year.

Nationally, average weekly earnings of $1,110.45 rose by 0.6 per cent on a monthly basis and by 6.6 per cent from a year ago.

 

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