Monthly Labour Market Update

This is my least favorite blog of the month. It’s when I get to show up the updated labour market data for New Brunswick. As usual, the numbers don’t look good. The seasonally adjusted number of people working in New Brunswick dropped again last month by almost 2,000 people. As shown in the chart below, only Saskatchewan has a worse rate of job creation (employment expansion) since the Tory government came to power. Incidentally, the ‘unadjusted’ numbers are even worse – showing a less than 2% employment growth during the period from September 1999 to September 2005.

You know what our Federal aspiring, ‘new NB toting’, ‘Prosperity Plan working’ Premier said about these numbers?

“….the province is at the mercy of market forces.”

How about PEI with their 12.6% employment growth? Don’t ‘market forces’ affect them? How about Nova Scotia with almost double the rate of employment growth as NB? Don’t ‘market forces’ affect them?

The only ‘market force’ at work here is a government disinterested in economic development for six years.

Employment Growth Rate
September 1999 to September 2005
(seasonally adjusted)

Source: Statistics Canada.

But you will be happy to know that public administration gained 3,000 jobs from September 2004 to September 2005. So the government is doing their bit to support economic development by rapidly expanding the public sector.

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0 Responses to Monthly Labour Market Update

  1. David Campbell says:

    News Flash. In the Telegraph-Journal said in a release Training and Employment Development Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney stated “the fundamentals of the New Brunswick economy are strong, and I am confident that we will continue to experience strong employment figures as we monitor these numbers over the long term.”

    First of all, every press release issued by Blaney ends with “we will continue to experience strong employment figures as we monitor these numbers over the long term.” so somebody in her department should update the language of these things just to pretend there was original thinking going on.

    Secondly, even the Premier’s comments were guarded and the province’s chief propagandist Samuel LeBreton stated in the article “I’d say it is going to get worse” .

    So, the Minister of TED should owe us the curtesy of at least attempting to provide an accurate assessment of the situation.

    The Premier is quoted in the TJ as saying “Overall this year is still – it’s not the best year in the last 30, it’ll be the second best in the last 30 unless the next three months really deteriorate significantly.”

    Now despite the weird wording of that statement, the underlying message is just bizarre. From September 2004 to September 2005 there are 4,800 less people working. How can that be the second best record in the last 30 years?

    I feel like I’ve entered the Twilight Zone.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That is definitely New Brunswick-the twilight zone. Coincidentally, did you read the “We Say” section of the Times-Transcript the other day? The editor(s) argued against a study done by the Canadian Forces themselves and claimed that the report was wrong-that in fact everything is just fine and dandy in the military. The propaganda line is fine, but arguing against the military’s own study? The military doesn’t even know what they are talking about, but the editor(s) at Times are suddenly military experts?? In this the province doesn’t sound so bizarre,I think the Irving PR people write their scripts! My real concern would be-how many New Brunswickers actually read this and take it seriously?? How many New Brunswickers realize it’s the twilight zone, or is it actually like the twilight zone where a few people walk around incredulously while everybody mutters, zombie-like “everything is fine, everything is fine, big brother says everything is fine” Of course for Irvings and McCains, everything IS fine.