Jobs crisis in Alberta
• The number of unemployed Albertans has nearly doubled since the start of 2015 (from 112,500 in Jan 2015 to 206,900 in Aug 2016 – up 84.9%)
• Since the beginning of 2015, the overall unemployment rate in Alberta is up from 4.8% percent to 8.4% in August -- 15.9% for those aged 15-24.
• Calgary tops all major Canadian cities with an unemployment rate of 9% in August, while Edmonton is also among the highest at 8%.
• This isn’t just an oil & gas problem. Since the start of 2015, the province has lost one in five natural resource jobs (170,900 to 137,600 – down 19.5%), one in five agriculture jobs (from 64,000 to 51,400 – down 19.7%) and one in four manufacturing jobs (from 149,500 to 112,500 – down 24.7%).
• It was Alberta that lifted Canada’s economy following the 2008 recession. From 2010 to 2014, Alberta’s economy grew twice as fast as the rest of Canada’s (average annual GDP growth of 5.02% compared to 2.68%).
• The average Albertan gets 30% fewer federal dollars than the average Canadian (federal transfers to Alberta in 2016/17 are $1366 per capita, compared to $1961 country wide – 30.3% lower).
The Alberta Jobs Taskforce
The Taskforce will aim to collect information from everyday Albertans, employers and small businesses, social assistance organizations, workers and other stakeholders, all who are affected by the unemployment crisis. The goal is to create and submit a report, with tangible policy solutions and budget requests, to the Federal Government.
There will be two primary ways for the Taskforce to conduct outreach into the community:
- Community Outreach
The Alberta Conservative Caucus will consult with those in their communities who have been deeply affected by this crisis. These consultations could include roundtables, town halls or mail outs to stakeholders.
The Taskforce website will include an option to provide feedback, ideas, and stories about the economic impact. This information will be collected and reviewed, in addition to the information collected from the MPs, when creating the final report.