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The unemployment rate in Alberta's two major cities dropped by more than a percentage point, even though they remain two of the highest across Canada.

"All of the employment increase in August was in full-time work, which rose by 206,000 (+1.4%), while the number of part-time workers was little changed", said StatsCan.

Canada's economy added 245,800 jobs in August, a fourth-straight month of gains that has recouped nearly two thirds of employment losses from the pandemic.

The region has now recouped just 31 per cent of the jobs lost because of the pandemic.

That's down from 9.4 per cent the month before, said Statistics Canada in its Labour Force Survey.

Unlike the province as a whole, labour force grew with an increase of about 15,000 people in Edmonton and 20,000 in Calgary.

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"We've got a long way to go to before we make up the deep losses that we saw in March and April", he added.

Nationwide, employment rose by 1.4% in August compared to 2.4% in July. Full-time employment is now nearly six per cent away from pre-pandemic levels compared to the 3.9 per cent shortfall in part-time work.

The unemployment rate improved to 10.2 per cent, a decline of 0.7 percentage points.

British Columbia's workers are slowly returning to employment as the recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown continues.

"The number of Canadians who were employed but worked less than half their usual hours for reasons likely related to COVID-19 fell by 259,000 (-14.6%) in August", Statistics Canada noted in its press release.

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