New jobs numbers underscore need for improved investment climate in Alberta

New Statistics Canada data show that Alberta’s unemployment rate climbed from 7.9 per cent to 8.6 per cent in July—the highest rate the province has experienced since 1994. While this is merely a snapshot of a single month, the provincial unemployment rate was on average 2.1 percentage points higher between January and July in 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, highlighting the precarious state of the provincial economy.While the provincial government isn’t responsible for the decline in oil prices and ensuing job losses in the oil and gas sector, the government’s priority should be to create an investment

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