Among labour force activity data, the employment rate is probably one of the more concrete indicators is it measures the proportion of people between the ages of 15 and 64 who are currently working. Figure 58 shows the employment rate for First Nations and non-Aboriginal individuals in Alberta and Canada.
As with previous graphs, this graph indicates:
- Higher employment rates exist in Alberta compared to Canada for both First Nations and non-Aboriginal populations.
- A gap exists in the employment rate between First Nations and non-Aboriginal individuals. The gap in Alberta is quite significant as 52.2 per cent of First Nations in Alberta were working compared to 71.5 per cent of non-Aboriginal Albertans.
Figure 59 demonstrates that the employment rate between First Nations communities in Alberta varies considerably. The lowest employment rate can be found in Janvier where 23.7 per cent of the population between the ages of 15 and 64 was working, compared to Sawridge, which had the highest employment rate at 71.4 per cent. The second-highest employment rate among First Nations communities can be found in Alexander where the employment rate reached 57.4 per cent. Figure 39 shows that the First Nations community with the highest high school completion rate in Alberta was also Alexander.