Ask and ye shall receive

A poster to this blog wanted to know more about where the jobs were being created in New Brunswick. While I can’t afford to purchase the whole data set from Stats Can, I was able to pull off a few sectors of interest.

As we discussed before, there have been just under 25,000 incremental jobs in the six years since the Conservatives took power. This is the third worst growth rate in Canada. In addition, approximately 13,000 of those jobs were created directly with tax payers funds (education/health care). An additional 3,400 were created in retail which doesn’t give you much. But the disturbing data around manufacturing and IT jobs continues. Manufacturing employment is down 8% since 1999 and IT jobs (why NAICS lumps IT with culture and recreation is beyond me) are down approximately 6%. Now the interesting and sad reality is that there were almost 100,000 more Canadians employed in this sector from 1999 to 2005 – one of the best performing sectors in the country – and NB actually lost jobs.

Tell me this. If you have tepid job growth, propped up by significant public sector hirings and are witnessing decline in manufacturing and IT jobs, what does that mean?


Employment Growth (000s)

Source: Statistics Canada.

Employment Growth/Decline (000s)
Industry: Information, culture and recreation
(% increase/decrease from 1999 to 2005)

Source: Statistics Canada.

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0 Responses to Ask and ye shall receive

  1. David Campbell says:

    Now, if I was reporting about the jobs situation in New Brunswick, you can read this blog and one on Friday for my approach.

    However, if you are the local newspapers, here’s how you report it:

    Daily Gleaner and Times & Transcript
    New Brunswick’s unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged at 9.7 per cent, representing a minute statistical shift down from 2004’s rate of 9.8 per cent, said Samuel LeBreton, senior economist with Service Canada, who crunched the numbers using Statistics Canada data from the monthly labour force survey. Those unemployment figures are the lowest since 1976. Training and Employment Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney praised the province’s unemployment rate.

    “This is a clear indication that the province is prospering over the long term in an environment that helps people find work,” Blaney said in a statement.

    See, I told you “Prosperity abounds!”

    Now, the Minister knows the jobs data that I showed you here. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if the Minister’s statement read:

    We are deeply concerned about the drop in both manufacturing and information technology jobs. These are engines of the economy and will not be made up by local services and retail jobs. We will be launching an aggressive new strategy in 2006 to attract more manufacturing and IT companies to the province.

    What do you think?

    Me neither.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just out of curiousity, how much is the whole set of data?