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ATB Financial’s economics team interprets the latest statistics on wages, employment, inflation, the oil and gas industry and other economic drivers in our province.

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Housing numbers show an oversupply
December 12, 2018

Housing numbers show an oversupply

The number of homes sitting vacant in Alberta's major cities, with no intended buyer, is the highest it's been in close to a decade. Both Edmonton and Calgary have an oversupply of hundreds of homes, a level that's likely to continue.

Building intentions continue to slide
December 11, 2018

Building intentions continue to slide

Provincial building permits valued $952 million in October, representing a 4.5 per cent decline over September’s total and a 5 per cent dropped from October of last year.

Housing starts rebound modestly
December 10, 2018

Housing starts rebound modestly

Home builders started construction on 26,359 new homes in Alberta last month. This brings the average number of housing starts over the last twelve months to 26,005, down nearly 10 per cent from the previous twelve month period.

Encouraging November jobs report for Alberta
December 07, 2018

Encouraging November jobs report for Alberta

The number of people working in Alberta grew by 23,700 (1.0 per cent) in November, according to Statistics Canada. Full-time employment increased by 1.9 per cent while part-time employment decreased by 3.1 per cent.

Capital spending in oil and gas slides lower
December 06, 2018

Capital spending in oil and gas slides lower

Total capital spending on oil and gas extraction in Canada was $9.3 billion in the third quarter of this year. That’s the second lowest quarterly total in the last five years and the third consecutive quarterly decline.


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