Economic Indicators

Keep up-to-date with the latest economic indicators, including GDP and unemployment. Browse historic trends in Calgary’s economy and view economic forecasts.

Current economic indicators

Get the most up-to-date economic information, including GDP, unemployment and housing starts.

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Calgary's Economy

Calgary has been known as Canada's powerhouse.

The city has had one of the strongest performing urban economy in the nation for many of the past 10 years, and is expected to return to the top of the growth charts beyond 2016.

The economy has grown faster than any other major city in the country. Calgary has had the second highest average annual and second highest total real GDP growth over the past 10 years (2005-2014).

The superlatives tell the story. Of the six biggest cities in Canada, Calgary has:

  • The most productive and best-paid workforce
  • The highest personal income and the greatest purchasing power
  • A lower cost of living than either Toronto or Vancouver
  • The lowest unemployment rate (2014)
  • The second highest total growth in retail sales over the past 10 years (2005-2014)

 

Summary of current economic indicators - Calgary

Indicator Date Value Change / Rate (%) Geography

Population

Change over year

July 1, 2014 1,511,755
 
3.5% CER

Inflation rate

Change over year

April 2015   2.1% CMA

Employment*

Change over year

April 2015 815,100 4.4% CMA
Unemployment rate* April 2015   5.3% CMA

Average hourly wage* (hourly employees

Change over year

March 2015 $27.24 1.8% Alberta

Average hourly wage* (salary employees

Change over year

March 2015 $40.72 5.5% Alberta

Average weekly earnings

Change over year

March 2015 $1,160.06 1.6% Alberta

Gross domestic product

Change over year (Real GDP growth)

Q4 2014

$117,002.00

(2007 $ Millions)

3.1% CMA

Retail sales

Change over year

Q4 2014

$28,071.00

($ Millions)

7.8% CMA

* Seasonally adjusted, 3 month moving average

       

Summary of current real estate / construction indicators - Calgary

Indicator Date Value Change/Rate (%) Geography

Housing starts - number

Change over year 

Year-to-date

April 2015

3,954 -53.4% CMA

Building permit values

Change over year

Year-to-date

March 2015

$1.4  Billion -5.6% CER

Major Calgary project values

Change over year

May 2015 $19.6 Billion  9.9% City of Calgary

Benchmark Calgary housing price (detached)

Change over year

May 2015

$512,800 0.1% City of Calgary

Benchmark Calgary housing price (attached)

Change over year

May 2015

$354,000 1.8% City of Calgary

Benchmark Calgary housing price (apartment)

Change over year

May 2015

$294,800 -0.2% City of Calgary

Benchmark Calgary housing price (all types)

Change over year

May 2015

$454,100 1.0% City of Calgary
Downtown office vacancy rate Q1 2015   11.8% City of Calgary
Suburban office vacancy rate Q1 2015   15.5% City of Calgary
Overall office vacancy rate Q1 2015   13.2% City of Calgary
Industrial real estate vacancy rate Q1 2015   6.3% City of Calgary

CER = Calgary Economic Region                
CMA = Calgary Census Metropolitan Area

Sources: City of Calgary Corporate Economics, Statistics Canada, Conference Board of Canada, CMHC, CB Richard Ellis, Barclay Street Real Estate, Calgary Real Estate Board, Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education