Originally posted 13 July 2016

003Originally posted 13 July 2016

2015 and 2016 have brought gloom to the Alberta economy as month by month, job losses mounted, first from the oil patch, and then from other businesses such as restaurants in the downtown core of Calgary and the motels in rural Alberta.

The charts and articles below illustrate the cyclical nature of Alberta’s oil-dependent labour markets. Unemployment Rate_18018_image001

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About albertarecessionwatch

Former Director, Institute for Public Economics, University of Alberta and currently Fellow of the Institute. Former executive with Alberta Treasury Branches. Worked for the Alberta government for 12 years with Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs and Alberta Treasury. Areas of focus: financial institutions legislation and policy, government borrowing, and relations with credit rating agencies. Ph.D in Political Science (Uof A), Masters of Public Administration and BComm. (Carleton University). Author of Politics and Public Debt: The Dominion, the Banks and Alberta's Social Credit. Presently working on study of Alberta provincial agency board appointments.

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