The Palliser region benefits from a youthful, educated population that is willing and able to contribute to the workforce.
Recent labour market highlights (2015) include:
- Above-average employment in the Agriculture, Trade, Healthcare and Social Assistance, and Construction industries, representing 46% of total employment in the region.
- The four industries with the highest year-over-year increase in employment were Manufacturing, Educational Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Construction.
- The labour force and employment rates continue to show steady year-over-year growth. Palliser region labour force was 154,700, representing over 6% of the provincial total.
- The region’s participation rate at 67.2% was the second lowest of all economic regions in the province.
- The Palliser region unemployment rate of 4.5% was below the provincial average of 6%, which was lower than the national average by 0.9 percentage points and was the third lowest in Canada.
- The highest rated job vacancies were in dispatch, specialized cleaning, hotel front desk clerk, and heavy duty equipment roles based on recent Job Vacancy reports.
Sources: Data extracted from recent labour reports outlined below.
- Review monthly and annual Labour Force Statistics* on unemployment rate and workforce changes.
- Labour Market Forecasts* including both provincial and regional information. Specifically, see the Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook* for highlights on 140 occupations and how they are expected to grow over a five-year period
- The Wage and Salary Survey* is a comparison of wages for occupations in the Palliser region. The most recent survey (2015) indicates that the average hourly wage for the Palliser region is just over $24/hour, with variations ranging from $12/hour to $46/hour.
- The Government of Alberta provides print and electronic resources to help you make career, education and work decisions. Also visit your local Alberta Work Centre.
* Refer to data labelled “Lethbridge/Medicine Hat” for the most representative data on the Palliser region.