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The JEDI region has access to a large and competitive workforce of 334,000 people. The region has a labour pool with higher levels of apprenticeship, trade certifications and diplomas than nearby municipalities.

The key employment sectors for residents (working either in or outside the region) are retail trade and warehousing, agriculture, health care and construction. Together, these four sectors account for more than half of all employment.

The JEDI region is an emerging area for economic activity. It is a central hub with some of the strongest gains in both real GDP and population increases on the North American landscape.

Employment Status and Workforce Entrenchment

The JEDI region has a significantly higher labour participation rate than the provincial average, 72% vs 65.5%.

The JEDI region has a lower unemployment rate (6.5%) than the rest of the province of Alberta (7.8%).

78% of the people currently working in the JEDI region intend to continue working in the area; this includes
both residents and commuters into the region for work.

60% of all workers commuting out of the JEDI region are either planning to or could see
themselves working in the JEDI region in the future.

What attracts people to the JEDI region:

  1. Job opportunities
  2. Location
  3. Good place for family
  4. Local community
  5. Housing prices

Sources: Alberta Regional Dashboard 2016, Alberta Government

Accessible Labour Pool

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For a complete and in-depth analysis of the region’s labour and workforce environment, including labour pools, take a look at the 2016 JEDI Region Labour Study.