According to CMHC, employment in the first quarter of 2013 grew by 2.0 per cent year-over year, down from 4.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2012. Continued development of Alberta’s natural resources has been a key contributor to the economic and employment growth in Calgary. The rise in employment occurred solely among full-time jobs as they increased 3.1 per cent in the first quarter, while part-time jobs declined 3.7 per cent from the same quarter in 2012. With the continued demand for workers, Calgary’s labour market has
outperformed many other areas in Canada. The unemployment rate in Calgary was 5.1 per cent in the first quarter, compared to 7.7 per cent for the rest of the country.