More Albertans are losing their jobs in mass layoffs, although this year is off to a better start than 2015.
The province says 3,520 people were let go in group layoffs in the first three months of this year. That’s less than half as many as the first quarter of last year (8,170). But it’s also almost half the total number of Albertans affected by group layoffs for all of 2014 (7,508).
Employers have to give the province four weeks’ written notice if they intend to terminate more than 50 employees from the same location within a four-week window. In 2015, the province received a total of 116 layoff notices affecting 17,579 employees.
Alberta’s unemployment rate is 7.9 per cent, the highest it’s been in more than 20 years. (bd)