Social Well-Being Indicator Tracker

Our social well-being indicators are based on social determinants of health. These indicators are the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. Social determinants of health also determine the extent to which a person possesses the physical, social, and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment. Social determinants of health are about the quantity and quality of a variety of resources that society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population.

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C6 Unemployment Rate by Age, Edmonton CMA

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C6 Unemployment Rate by Age, Edmonton CMA

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Unemployment Rate by Age

  • For all age groups a person is only considered unemployed if they are actively seeking a job, so full-time students and retired people are not included in the unemployment rate.
  • The youth unemployment rate has always been significantly higher than the rate of older age groups.
  • The youth unemployment rate has increased significantly under COVID-19 conditions, from a rate of 14.4% in 2019 to 27.7% in 2020. While it dropped to 17.3% in 2021, the youth unemployment rate continues to be significantly higher than all other age groups.

Employment-related measures indicate the strength of an economy and, accordingly, the population’s ability to sustain itself. Higher unemployment rates lead to more people needing income support to maintain a minimal standard of living and challenge governments and businesses to find opportunities to stimulate job growth. Lower unemployment rates also have their challenges—for instance, employed individuals may struggle to balance their work and family roles, and may face difficulties to secure adequate child care or obtain affordable housing. 

The unemployment rates experienced by Indigenous peoples and youth are significantly higher at all times, but especially during economic downturns. While unemployment rates for women have typically been lower than those for men, especially in recent years, women’s earnings from employment continue to be significantly lower than those of men. 

This data has been collected from external sources and should not always be attributed to ESPC. We would be happy to provide you with a specific reference for the data that you have used. Please click on the text to the right to request sourcing information, report an error or omission, or provide your comments

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