Whitecourt’s unemployment rate at the time of the 2016 Census was 13.2 percent according to Statistics Canada. They released another batch of information from last year’s census this morning.
The rate was higher among males than females.
The surprising figure is that it’s about five and half points higher than what officials in Whitecourt thought it was around the same time (7.7 percent in June 2016, according to EDC report from August). At the time of the 2011 Census, the town’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percent.
Today’s release focused on education, labour and journey to work.
Most people in Whitecourt work in oil and gas extraction, followed by retail and trade, accommodation and food services and construction.
Figures for Edson show that they had a 10.1 percent unemployment rate at the time of the Census while Barrhead’s was 7.9 percent and Woodlands County’s was 14.3 percent.