The Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor benefits from a youthful, educated population that is willing and able to contribute to the workforce. Additional skills development, training and employer support exists to aid investors in fulfilling their labour force needs. For more on this, visit our Education section.

A few key highlights (2015) include:

  • Unemployment in the Corridor is as low as 3.4% in some areas, and overall, the region continues to trend lower then provincial and national averages.
  • Labour force participation ranges from 67.2% to 78.2% depending on geographic region.
  • Key industries with above-average employment across all three geographic regions of the EATC are Trade, Construction, Health Care, and Agriculture. Oil and Gas, Education, and Public Administration also ranked high in the northern region.

Get more comprehensive labour market statistics within each region of the EATC:






Labour Reports

Review monthly and annual Labour Force Statistics* on unemployment rate and workforce changes across the three Corridor regions*:

  • Labour Market Forecasts including both provincial and regional information. Specifically, see the Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook for highlights on 140 occupations and how they are expected to grow over a five-year period.
  • The Wage and Salary Survey is a comparison of occupation wages. For example, the most recent survey (2015) indicates that the average hourly wage for the EATC Southern region is just over $24/hour, with variations ranging from $12/hour to $46/hour.
  • The Government of Alberta provides print and electronic resources to help you make career, education and work decisions. Also visit your local Alberta Work Centre.

*For the most representative data in the three Corridor regions, refer to data labelled as follows:
“Wood Buffalo/Cold Lake” for the EATC Northern region.
“Camrose/Drumheller” for the EATC Central region.
“Lethbridge/Medicine Hat” for the EATC Southern region.

Also visit our Resources section for profiles on some major employers within the Corridor.