# of people unemployed in NB up 11.9%

One of the guilty little pleasures I have is watching the spin come out of the NB government each month when the labour market survey is published. It is equally fun to watch Al Hogan spin the great news. Tomorrow’s spinning should be fun.

The unemployment rate jumped from June to July to 8.9% from 8%.

There were 3,000 less people employed in July 2006 than in July 2005 – a 0.8% decline in total employment – only NL and PEI faired worse.

Since 1999, the increase in employment in New Brunswick has been about half the national average.

Since July 2002, NB increased its total employment by 4% – the third worst employment growth in Canada:

Employment Growth (July 2002-July 2006)
Seasonally Adjusted

British Columbia (11.1%)
Alberta (10.8%)
Ontario (8.2%)
Canada (7.6%)
Prince Edward Island (5.9%)
Saskatchewan (5.3%)
Quebec (5.2%)
Nova Scotia (4.2%)
New Brunswick (4.0%)
Manitoba (2.8%)
Newfoundland and Labrador (2.1%)

With that as a reference point, have a read of Al Hogan’s stuff tomorrow.

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0 Responses to # of people unemployed in NB up 11.9%

  1. Freddy Beach says:

    I don’t know how these stats can be seen as anything but negative although I have a sneaking suspicion that the media (I should say the papers) will emphasize the 4% employment growth with no reference to how that compares to the other provinces.

    Any speculation where the 3000 jobs loses were located in the province. I don’t recall any major bad news. Could it partially be due to the completion of the Irving refinery upgrade project?

    I wish that there was a way to get more detailed stats than the aggregrate provincial number. Maybe a county by county breakdown is available. Even if the numbers for the cities would be valuable to have.

  2. David Campbell says:

    The data is available by economic region in New Brunswick – and Al will have that data. I just can’t afford to buy it to post blogs. So the headline could read ‘Moncton booms’ tomorrow. Either way, it will be a good news story.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dude, how much is the data? Do you have a link to where its available? I’ll pitch in.