Saskatchewan dead last again in job growth

For the second month in a row, numbers released by Statistics Canada show the Sask. Party government’s failure to create jobs has led to Saskatchewan having the worst job growth in Canada. In May 2018, 7,300 fewer people were working in Saskatchewan than in May 2017.

“These numbers show a startling trend that has been ongoing for years under the Sask. Party’s failed leadership,” said NDP Jobs Critic Vicki Mowat. “It’s disappointing to see our economy suffering and our workers struggling to find and keep employment. When you see job numbers like these, you can understand why people are leaving Saskatchewan for better opportunities in other provinces.”

Saskatchewan again had the highest unemployment rate outside of Atlantic Canada at 6.9 per cent, with Alberta’s unemployment rate at 6.5 per cent and Manitoba’s at 6.4 per cent. In May 2018, 34,700 more people were working in Alberta than in May 2017 and 2,600 more in Manitoba for that same time period.

“These job numbers are a direct result of the cuts, tax hikes and bad management we’ve seen from Scott Moe and this Sask. Party government,” said Mowat. “Instead of cutting supports for the vulnerable and programs that actually get people back to work, the Sask. Party should be making smart investments now that help families and grow our economy over the long term.”

The construction sector lost 4,800 jobs, 3,100 jobs were lost in trade and 4,600 jobs were lost in professional, scientific and technical services.