Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

A comparison of job postings from June 2021 to June 2022, shows an upward trend of job availability. This lines up with the unemployment rate going down over the same period.

Alberta Labour and Immigration Workforce Consultants have access to a database called Vicinity Jobs Labour Market Reporting Service. It collects online job postings and makes reports on various topics.

Interested business owners, government officials, and others can book an appointment with a local consultant to look at the data.

The Leader booked an appointment to look at some of the Slave Lake data from Vicinity Jobs. Here’s some of the results.

The searches were for Slave Lake, M.D. of Lesser Slave River, M.D. of Opportunity, within the development region of Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River.

In June 2022, there were 140 jobs posted for the Slave Lake area.

On its own, this doesn’t mean a whole lot. However, when compared to a full year, it shows an upward trend in job positions.

In total, 1,506 jobs were posted from June 2021 to June 2022. Over the 12 months, the number of jobs posted ranged from 77 (August 2021) to 157 (April 2022).

In June 2021, there were only 108 jobs posted. The next two months the number slumped: July 2021 (78) and Aug. 2021 (77). In September, it increased to (107), since then the only time it went under 100 was in February 2022 with 90 job postings. Over the year, there were two peaks – October 2021 (152) and April 2022 (157).

The actual number of job postings may be slightly different.

For one, Vicinity Jobs only looks at online sources.

Two, at least one job was posted both on a corporate website and Indeed, so was counted twice. However, this did not happen with all of the jobs.

Three, when looking at the total jobs for the year, it should be noted that if jobs were posted for more than a month, they may have been counted twice.

Of the 140 jobs posted in Slave Lake in June 2022, 69 were full-time, 40 were unknown/not identified, 22 were part-time, and nine were full-time or part time.

When it comes to comparing jobs by industry, of the 140 jobs listed in June 2022, only 90 could be identified.

The Vicinity Jobs reports on industry say “Excludes job postings where the employer’s industry could not be identified because:

“(1) the employer has advertised the job anonymously, or (2) the job is advertised by a known employment agency, or (3) the employer information given in the posting cannot be matched to a known employer profile in the Vicinity Jobs employers database and identification is not possible based on the employer’s name alone.”

In the Slave Lake area in June 2021, the 90 jobs with identifiable industries were in 13 industries:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (33),
  • Retail Trade (18),
  • Accommodation and Food Services (nine),
  • Public Administration (eight),
  • Wholesale Trade (five),
  • Manufacturing (five),
  • Utilities (three),
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (three),
  • Finance and Insurance (two),
  • Transportation and Warehousing (one),
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises (one),
  • Administration and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services (one),
  • Educational Services (one).
    In the biggest industry, Health Care and Social Assistance, the majority (26) of the jobs were in health occupations. These were in six occupations:
  • registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (six),
  • licensed practical nurse (six),
  • nurse aid, orderlies and patient service associates (four),
  • other assisting occupations in support of health services (four),
  • paramedical occupations (two),
  • health – unidentified sub-categories (two),
  • dentists (one),
  • occupational therapists (one).