Construction jobs in Alberta grew at a faster rate than all other industries in September, according to new data from Statistics Canada.
Construction accounted for 16.6 per cent of total employment in the province in September and 20.5 per cent in September 2018, up from 14.9 per cent the previous month.
Construction in Alberta’s economy is expected to grow by 1.6per cent in 2019, Statistics Canada said.
The increase was led by construction and building materials workers, which accounted for 12.2 per cent and 9.5 percent, respectively.
Manufacturing, manufacturing services and utilities, and transportation and warehousing and material handling were the other three major industries, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) said in a statement.
The Canadian economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.7 per cent last month, Statistics Minister Diane Finley said during a news conference Tuesday.
That was down from 2.4 per cent growth in the previous quarter.
The employment rate was at 74.6, up 0.1 percentage point from September, Statistics Alberta said.
In a statement Tuesday, the CFIB called the data “a sobering reminder that Alberta’s economic recovery is fragile.”
The economy has grown faster than expected, Finley told a news briefing.
The province has seen an increase in manufacturing and the construction industry.
The province is currently in the midst of a two-year recession.
The unemployment rate remains above 10 per cent.
The federal government’s latest economic projections show Alberta’s jobless rate will remain above 10.5-per-cent through at least 2019.
In an interview with the CBC’s Power & CTV Tuesday, Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said the government has seen a dramatic decline in the number of jobs that are created in Alberta.
“We’re in a transition right now, we’re looking to have a recovery, but it’s not a linear recovery,” he said.
“It’s going to take a little bit of time to get there.”
“We are in a phase of slow growth right now,” Friesens added.
“We need to continue to build jobs.”