Alberta’s unemployment rate hit 13 per cent in April

Alberta’s unemployment rate skyrocketed in April after non-essential businesses were forced to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province lost 243,800 jobs in April, bringing the unemployment rate to 13.4 per cent, up from 8.7 per cent in March, according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey released May 8. The only two provinces with higher unemployment numbers in April were Newfoundland at 16 per cent and Quebec at 17 per cent.

Across Canada, nearly two million jobs were lost in April, a record high. The national unemployment rate soared to 13 per cent from 7.8 per cent in March, the second-highest unemployment rate on record. More than three million jobs have been lost across the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada said.