Labour

Population by Municipality

Municipality 2012 Population 2011 Population % Change
County of Barrhead 6,096 5,845 4.29 %
Lac Ste Anne County 10,260 10,220 0.39 %
Town of Barrhead 4,432 4,209 5.30 %
Town of Mayerthorpe  1,398 1,474  -5.16 %
Town of Swan Hills 1,465 1,858 -21.15 %
Town of Westlock 4,823 4,964 -2.84 %
Village of Clyde 503 493 2.03 %
Westlock County 7,644 6,910 10.62 %
Woodlands County 4,306 4,158 3.56 %
TOTAL 44,344 43,173 2.71%

Sources: Statistics Canada 2006 Census, Alberta Municipal Affairs 2013

Population by Age Group

The GROWTH Alberta region is home to more than 31,000 Albertans.

In the face of broad trends toward urbanization, the region is maintaining its population, including a healthy foundation of local youth. This is, in part, due to the efforts of the municipalities and school boards that comprise GROWTH Alberta. The region has an active youth retention strategy, and is committed to ongoing efforts designed to maintain our population

Sources: Statistics Canada 2006 Census, Alberta Municipal Affairs 2009


Labour Force Participation (aged 15 and over)

The region enjoys a healthy level of labour force participation for people aged 15 and over (69.2%) with significant work force activity in industry centres such as Woodlands County (77.2%) and Swan Hills (80.7%).

At the same time, unemployment rates in the region are extremely low, with a regional average of 3.5% and a low of 2.5% in the Town of Swan Hills (Statistics Canada 2006 Census).

Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census

Although the unemployment rate in the province of Alberta rose to 4.4% in January of 2009, the province still enjoys one of the highest unemployment rates in all of Canada (compared to the national unemployment rate of 7.2%).

Total Experienced Labour Force (aged 15 and over, by Industry)

Occupation GROWTH Alberta Region Alberta *
Total Male Female Total Male Female
Agriculture and other resource-based industries 4,695 3,400 1,300 228,520 168,230 60,285 2.05%
Other services 2,495 1,185 1,300 352,760 161,925 190,835 0.71%
Business services 1,945 1,145 785 354,265 212,695 141,575 0.55%
Retail trade 1,480 685 795 206,655 90,015 116,645 0.72%
Health care and social services 1,450 115 1,330 175,200 27,060 148,140 0.83%
Construction 1,400 1,160 240 169,420 143,610 25,810 0.83%
Educational services 1,115 320 790 120,460 37,150 83,315 0.93%
Wholesale trade 645 530 135 85,515 59,860 25,960 0.51%
Finance and real estate 495 165 320 97,465 40,510 56,960 0.51%
TOTAL 16,875 9,530 7,335 1,928,635 1,043,790 884,850 0.87%

*Proportion of Provincial Total by Industry
Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census

The GROWTH Alberta region has a relatively high level of experienced labour in agriculture and resource-based industries, and in educational services.

Total Experienced Labour Force (aged 15 and over, by Occupation)

Occupation GROWTH Alberta Region Alberta *
Total Male Female Total Male Female
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 3,950 3,555 385 350,360 323,725 26,635 1.13%
Occupations unique to primary industry 3,260 2,380 865 117,500 92,145 25,355 2.77%
Business, finance and administration occupations 2,320 340 1,980 340,430 86,675 253,755 0.68%
Management occupations 1,290 895 385 187,240 121,045 66,195 0.69%
Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion 845 275 555 136,610 43,620 92,990 0.62%
Health occupations 805 90 700 103,620 19,140 84,475 0.78%
Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities 760 610 165 65,365 48,705 1,666 1.16%
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 405 335 70 144,240 114,280 29,955 0.28%
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 185 55 115 45,160 18,530 26,630 0.41%
TOTAL 16,870 9,540 7,340 1,928,635 1,043,790 884,850 0.87%

 

* Proportion of Provincial Total by Occupation
Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census

The GROWTH Alberta region also has a significant proportion of skilled trades, transport and equipment operators; primary industry occupations; and occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities.

Educational Attainment (aged 15 years and over)

Highest Level of Education GROWTH Alberta Region Alberta
Total Male Female Total
No certificate, diploma or degree 8,795 35.9% 4,620 37.2% 4,175 34.6% 614,865 23.4%
High school certificate or equivalent 6,565 26.8% 2,865 23.0% 3,710 30.7% 688,140 26.2%
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 3,505 14.3% 2,510 20.2% 995 8.2% 285,815 10.9%
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 3,620 14.8% 1,615 13.0% 2,020 16.7% 472,210 18.0%
University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level 540 2.2% 150 1.2% 375 3.1% 105,680 4.0%
University certificate, diploma or degree 1,485 6.1% 665 5.3% 825 6.8% 458,425 17.5%

Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census

Although the proportion of GROWTH Alberta residents with no certificate of education is slightly higher than the provincial average, the region’s strength in registered trades education is again demonstrated by the significantly higher number of trade graduates relative to the provincial average.