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Labour Force


Alberta has a very strong labour market.  While the global recession has resulted in increases in unemployment, Alberta’s unemployment rate has been on of the three lowest of all the provinces in Canada since 2001.

Since 2001, Alberta employment has grown an average of 2.5% per year (or 46,350 new jobs per year).  In 2011, Alberta added 77,600 jobs.

Sources: Highlights of the Alberta Economy, (2012)

Demographic Snapshot (2011)

Hanna has a population of almost 3,000 and is a regional service centre for a trading area of over 10,000 people.  Similar to many rural communities in Alberta, the population has been relatively steady over the past 5 years.

Hanna’s median age is 44 years, slightly higher than the Alberta average of 36.

There are 1,317 private households in Hanna.  Median family income is $61,064.


Income & Expenditures

Family Income Characteristics Hanna Alberta
Median Family Income (All Families) $83,650 $93,393
Median Family Income (Couple Families) $83,130 $85,508
Source: Statistics Canada 2013 National Household Survey

Labour Force By Industry

All Industries 1,410
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 25
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 215
Utilities 145
Construction 120
Manufacturing 0
Wholesale Trade 20
Retail Trade 245
Transportation and Warehousing 20
Information and Cultural Industries 15
Finance and Insurance 35
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 10
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 40
Management of Companies and Enterprises 0
Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services 35
Educational Services 110
Health Care and Social Assistance 185
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 20
Accommodation and Food Services 60
Other Services (Except Public Administration) 45
Public Administration 50
Source: NHS, Statistics Canada (2011)


In 2011, Hanna’s unemployment rate was 4.6%, below the provincial average of 5.8%.  This indicates that there are many job opportunities in the Hanna area.

This is promising to residents but this may present challenges for small and medium-siozed businesses.  A lower unemployment rate can increase competition among employers for competent staff, creating additional costs fin attracting, training and retaining employees.  It may also increase local inflation.

Educational Attainment

2011 (15 yrs of age and older)      %
No certificate diploma or degree  25%
High school diploma or equivalent  28%
Apprenticeship or trades or non-university  35%
University certificate, diploma or degree  12%
Source: Statistics Canada 2011 Census of Population


Labour Force by Major Occupational Groups

Source: Statistics Canada 2006 & 2011 Census


The federal government has a mandatory pension plan and an employment insurance program funded by both employers and employees.
The annual Premium Rate (for employer ) Per Employee Per $100 Of Insurable Earnings Employment Insurance (EI): $2.63
Canada Pension Plan (CPP): $4.95
Workers Compensation Board (WCB): Average of $1.12

Average starting wages in most industries are lower in east central Alberta than the provincial average.

Industry Avg. Wage Industry Avg. Wage
Agriculture $18.66 Information, Culture, Recreation $15.54
Mining, Oil and Gas $29.72 Finance, Insurance, Real Estate $22.42
utilities $35.92 Professional, Scientific, Technical $32.03
Construction $26.77 Educational Services $25.41
Manufacturing $26.85 Health Care, Social Assistance $27.08
Wholesale Trade $23.91 Accommodation and Food Services $11.64
Retail Trade $16.45 Public Administration $33.73
Transportation & Warehousing $24.29 Other Services $22.70

Source: 2011 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey for the Camrose-Drumheller region which includes Hanna. See  Current results may vary.