FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2021, file photo, a woman walks past a "Now Hiring" sign displayed at a CD One Price Cleaners in Schaumburg, Ill. U.S. employers added a surprisingly robust 379,000 jobs in February in a sign the economy is strengthening as virus cases drop, vaccinations ramp up, Americans spend more and states ease business restrictions. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Job growth uneven in Alberta, says ATB Financial

Job growth throughout Alberta is not even across industries, says ATB Financial.

The number of jobs in the province increased by 16,800 (0.8 per cent) in February, compared to January, according to reports on Friday.

“The number of jobs fell in eight of 16 major sectors. Almost 11,000 jobs were lost across the oil and gas, public administration and manufacturing sectors,” said a Monday press release.

Agriculture jobs lost the most ground in percentage terms, falling 3.8 per cent (1,500 jobs) in February.

The largest monthly increase was in the accommodation and food services sector. With restrictions on in-person dining eased, 19,200 jobs were added for a rise of 22.5 per cent.

Seven sectors have yet to catch up to where they were before the pandemic. The accommodation and food services sector was still down 48,400 positions (31.7 per cent) compared to February 2020.

The finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing sector has grown the most, adding 8,800 jobs over the last year for an increase of 8.9 per cent.



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