Measure Description

Labour force participation rate shows the total labour force (employed and unemployed) as a percentage of the population aged 15 years and over. This indicator shows the seasonally adjusted estimates (as percentage rates) for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area.

This measure is an indicator and not a measure of the City's performance as the City has limited control over the labour market.

Measure Importance

A high participation rate indicates that there is a large pool of individuals willing to working or willing to work to contibute to the economy through the production of goods and services.

Historical Data

Explanation of Performance

Edmonton ended 2015 with an additional 1, 700 jobs in December 2015 with solid gains in full-time employment offsetting a slight drop in part-time jobs. Employment in the region increased by 3.7% in December 2015 compared to December 2014. Employment levels were weakest in construction, professional services and hospitality sectors while manufacturing, energy and health care experienced very good net gains in employment during December 2015.

For more information on the unemployment rate see Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Information publication: http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?ObjId=71-001-X&ObjType=2&lang=en&limit=0.

For more information on Edmonton’s employment trends, see City of Edmonton’s Labour Force Survey reports: http://www.edmonton.ca/business_economy/economic_data/labour-force-survey.aspx.