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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - American Workers a Good Fit for Alberta

It might sound bizarre to talk about labour shortages given the current economic climate, but even with markets gyrating Alberta’s long-term labour supply issues have not gone away. And given the current job market in the United States, one solution to Alberta’s job shortages may lie to the south.

Alberta Employment and Immigration recently identified occupations in this province which are, or are likely to be, short of workers. Used in the analysis were various indicators such as the unemployment rate, expected future employment growth and the number of requests to bring in foreign workers. The identified occupations spanned the highly specialized and technical to those that require less formal education.

The occupations where Alberta will most likely have success attracting workers are those where the US employment outlook is poor and those where average wages are higher in Alberta. Of all the occupations the most likely fit are construction and trades positions where unemployment rates exceed 20% in the US and average wages are in excess of 30% higher in Alberta.

Employers in Alberta can face obstacles in recruiting Americans such as work permit requirements and the recognition of professional certification. The former is likely an easier obstacle to get around, as the Temporary Foreign Worker Program has proven to be successful and adaptable, but the latter will require more consultations to make the transition smoother.

One of the biggest obstacles to getting more Americans to consider the move north is mindset. Atlantic Canadians have been Alberta bound for generations but someone from Detroit might need more convincing.*

*Courtesy of Will van’t Veld, Economist, ATB Financial

posted in General at Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:40:00 +0000



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