Sask. Party hurting families and costing Saskatchewan jobs

Saskatchewan women hit hardest with 28 per cent more forced to turn to EI this year

Numbers released today show, while other provinces saw more people finding jobs last year, Saskatchewan had the second highest growth in the number of people needing to rely on Employment Insurance. While there were three per cent more Saskatchewan people forced onto EI this year, across the country, there was an eight per cent decrease and, in Alberta, the drop was 25 per cent.

“Nobody wants to go onto EI but, month after month, we’re seeing the number of jobs in Saskatchewan go down and more and more families are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet,” said NDP Jobs Critic Vicki Mowat. “Across the country and even right next door, the number of people who need EI is going down, so there’s no excuse for the Sask. Party to be failing Saskatchewan workers so badly. It’s clear the Sask. Party is not working for the people of Saskatchewan.”

Most staggering in today’s report, was the 28 per cent year-over-year jump in the number of Saskatchewan women who now need EI. It is the highest percentage of growth in the entire country.

“These numbers are deeply troubling and show that the Sask. Party is leaving women behind,” Mowat said. “The Sask. Party’s mismanagement, scandal and waste have failed to create jobs and their heartless cuts to health care and education as well as their unfair tax hikes have hit women particularly hard and actually meant even more job losses. The people of Saskatchewan who are struggling to find or maintain employment certainly deserve better that what they’re getting from the Sask. Party.”