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Job vacancies soar in Alberta, led by surge in energy sector

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Job vacancies rising in Alberta

Workers collecting unemployment benefits down in Edmonton (-4.1%), Calgary (-3.0%)

According to Statistics Canada, job vacancies in Alberta rose by 8,500 in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year.

The increase is a row of year-over-year increases for the province, the agency said in a release on Oct. 19.

There were 50,925 job openings in Alberta from April to June, compared with 42,465 a year earlier, Statistics Canada says.

The largest increases in vacancies were in:

  • Mining, quarrying and oil and gas, with 1,300 new vacancies.
  • Construction, with 1,300 new vacances.
  • Manufacturing, with 1,100 new vacancies.
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The most notable increases were seen in the Calgary, Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River areas, Statistics Canada said.

The number of regular Employment Insurance (EI) beneficiaries In Canada decreased by 9,600 (-1.8 per  cent) to 524,200 in Aug. This decline continues a downward trend that began in Oct. 2016.

The number of beneficiaries fell in eight provinces, led by Manitoba (-8.0 per cent) and Alberta (-4.0 per cent).

In Alberta, 67,200 people received benefits in Aug., down 4.0 per cent from the previous month.

The number of beneficiaries in the province has been on a downward trend since the end of 2016.

Within Alberta, the declines were spread across the province, including Edmonton (-4.1 per cent) and Calgary (-3.0 per cent).

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