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Jobs abound in Alberta

BRIAN TOWIE, METRO CANADA
October 27, 2008 03:45

The economy might be reeling in Canada, but it hasn’t changed opportunities to work in Alberta.

While it’s true the job market has slowed down, albeit marginally, Alberta remains Canada’s most booming province, attracting workers and their families from all over the country who are coming to make their livings and improve their careers.

Experts say employment opportunities are still plentiful for both locals and the earnest looking to pack up the wagons and head west, reflected by the 24,600 people joining the province’s labour force between August and September.

According to Terry Jor­den, public affairs officer for Alberta’s Ministry of Employment and Immigration, “The fundamental strengths of our economy remain intact.

“The latest statistics are in line with other economic indicators showing that Alberta’s economy remains healthy but not as strong as the records set two years ago,” he says. “Alberta’s unemployment rate of 3.8 per cent still reflects a tight labour market.”

Fields on the hunt for more people, Jorden says, include professional, scientific and technical services, retail trade and educational services, all career disciplines that saw large gains from September 2007 and September 2008.

Not to say that you’ll find work without experience. Skills are necessary to the jobs on the market, notes a source at the University of Alberta. But Jorden points to several online sources that will edify job seekers on opportunities within the province, notably the Alberta Learning Information Service, a database with helpful professional tips on how to look for a job in the province to how to behave on day one of your employment.

The government notes retaining employees is an issue and has spearheaded several initiatives to address the problem.

Groups such as The Human Rights, Citizenship and Education Fund, the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute and the Alberta Information and Communication Technology Institute are working in tandem with the ministry to attract and keep workers from all walks of life by increasing support programs, pension programs and flexibility of work arrangements.

Beyond that, the argument for taking up offers in Alberta just makes sense, notes Jorden.

“Alberta has the strongest economy in Canada, the lowest unemployment and the highest job growth rates,” he said. “Although the labour shortage is not as tight as a few years ago, the shortage still remains and many opportunities still exist throughout the economy.”






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