Well, folks the day has arrived. After almost eight years of blogging about the monthly labour force survey and being one of the few to analyze the data in a slightly more than superficial way, I have been unseated by the young Kurt Peacock (@kurtpeacock) who has been twittering snippets this morning just moments after the release.
Peacock is the SJ based historian/economic developer/economist/gadfly.
I’ve been replaced by frumpy microbloggers.
For old farts who cling to the old blogging technology, here are a few thoughts on the labour force survey:
After a number of months of decline, the number of NBers employed went up slightly in December. However, the year over year numbers are showing 2,600 people less working now than at the end of 2009. While most provinces marched ahead with employment gains, NB remains in decline.
NB’s employment rate (working age people working) edged ahead of NS at 57.8% but still well below most Canadian provinces. Despite the increasing talk of workforce shortages in NB, we still have relatively high unemployment and a low employment rate.
Back to Kurt, I think this is a good trend – it would be nice to see a bunch of these cats (birds?) tweeting/twittering on these topics. Expand the reach a bit.