Over the last year, Saskatchewan has added 6,600 part-time jobs and only 900 full-time jobs – an indication that the government is failing to diversify and stabilize the economy.
That’s according to new numbers from Statistics Canada, which also show that during the same time period, Alberta added 11,400 full-time jobs and 9,900 part-time jobs and Manitoba added 9,900 full-time jobs and 7,700 part-time jobs.
“Compared to one year ago, Saskatchewan has lost thousands of jobs in agriculture, manufacturing and professional and technical services. That shows that our economy is getting less diverse and less stable,” said NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon, “To build Saskatchewan’s best economy, we need is full-time jobs in industries that build careers and diversify our economy.
“During a time of incredible resource wealth, there’s a fantastic opportunity to do that through investments in education and training opportunities, policies that benefit local business and attract diverse industries, and with a new, strong, modern procurement policy. On all those fronts, the Sask. Party government has dropped the ball badly. They stubbornly refuse to diversify, and they’re giving our kids fewer career choices at home instead of more.”
Sectors that lost jobs compared to one year ago include agriculture (4,800 jobs lost); manufacturing (3,600 jobs lost); professional, scientific and technical services (2,000 jobs lost), natural resources including oil and gas (1,800 jobs lost); as well as smaller losses in public administration, finance, real estate and construction.
Gains were almost all made in the hospitality and food services industry, and public sector jobs.
Wotherspoon also said the trend of rising First Nations unemployment is concerning. The unemployment rate for First Nations people living off-reserve and actively looking for work has reached 19.7 per cent, compared to an already-dismal 14.4 per cent one year ago.