Employment

In 2015, Alberta had the third lowest unemployment rate in the country at 6.0%. Since 1990, Alberta's unemployment rate has been one of the three lowest of all the provinces in Canada.

Unemployment rates by province - 2015
Province Unemployment rate
Saskatchewan 5.0%
Manitoba 5.6%
Alberta 6.0%
British Columbia 6.2%
Ontario  6.8%
Canada 6.9%
Quebec 7.6%
Nova Scotia 8.6%
New Brunswick 9.8%
Prince Edward Island 10.4%
Newfoundland and Labrador 12.8%

Source: Statistics Canada

Alberta employment by industry – 2015
Sector Employment (in 000's)
Agriculture 62.8
Forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas 158.9
Utilities 20.2
Construction 259.9
Manufacturing 139.9
Retail and wholesale trade 318.8
Transportation and warehousing 139.3
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing 103.5
Professional, scientific and technical services 173.2
Business, building and other support services 82.3
Educational services 138.0
Health care and social assistance 264.1
Information, culture, and recreation 74.9
Accommodation and food services 153.5
Other services 117.5
Public administration 94.4
All industries 2,301.1