Labour Force

Labour Force

Employers here draw from a skilled and knowledgeable labour force of which almost 40% possess a post-secondary education.

Over the past several years Alberta has seen unprecedented growth.  In 2011 we experienced the highest participation and employment rates of all Canadian provinces. Between 2006 and 2011, the population of Southeast Alberta increased by nearly 5%.

2011 Unemployment Rates – Lethbridge-Medicine Hat Region

 Lethbridge-Medicine Hat Region                     5.5%
 Alberta                     5.5%
 British Columbia                     7.5%
 Ontario                     7.8%
 Canada                      7.4%

Source: 2011 Annual Alberta Regional Labour Market Review

Labour Force Statistics for the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat Region

2010 2011 Change
 Working Age Population (000s)  217.2  219.2  0.9%
 Labour Force (000s)  146.2  148.4  1.5%
 Employment (000s)  136.9  140.3  2.5%
Unemployment (000s)  9.3  8.1  -12.9%
 Unemployment Rate  6.4%  5.5%
 Participation Rate  67.3%  67.7%

Source: 2011 Annual Alberta Regional Labour Market Review

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Top Growing Industries (employment)

Agriculture saw the highest year-over-year increase in employment in the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat Economic Region.

 Industry  2010  2011  Change from 2010
 Agriculture  5,300  10,800  +5,500
 Forestry, Fishing, Mining, Quarrying,
and Oil and Gas Extraction
 10,500  12,100  +1,600
 Transportation and Warehousing  6,200  7,400  +1,200
 Accommodation and Food Services  7,800  7,400  +1,200

Source: 2011 Annual Alberta Regional Labour Market Review

Population

 2011 2006  % change
population growth
 Population
between 25 and 54
 % change population growth  60,005  56,997  5.3  32,288
 Cypress County  7,214  6,709  7.5  3,105
 Town of Redcliff  5,588  5,116  9.2  2,463
 County of 40 Mile No. 8  3,336  3,414  -2.3  1,195
 Town of Bow Island  2,025  1,790  13.1  710
 TOTAL  78,168  74,026  5.6  39,761

Source: Canada Census, 2011