Saskatchewan lost 10,600 full-time jobs over the last year, with agriculture, resource development, construction and manufacturing among the sectors that experienced the biggest job losses.
That's according to the latest report from Statistics Canada, released Friday. It shows that Alberta added 46,300 full-time jobs and Manitoba added 7,100 full-time jobs over the same period that Saskatchewan saw a significant drop in full-time jobs.
"It's concerning to see a significant drop in the number of good, mortgage-paying full-time jobs here in our province, especially during a period when our neighbouring provinces have added a lot of full-time jobs," said NDP deputy leader and economy critic Trent Wotherspoon. "And what makes it especially disappointing is that the Sask. Party government has missed repeated opportunities to strengthen and diversify our economy. Instead, they're continually handing government contracts to corporations from outside of Saskatchewan. We need a government that puts Saskatchewan workers first and takes the necessary steps to ensure our prosperity is sustainable."
Wotherspoon pointed to several recent examples of the Sask. Party government sending massive contracts out of province and out of country at the expense of good jobs in Saskatchewan.
- The Sask. Party awarded an international consortium led by a company from France a ludicrously costly $1.88 billion contract to build and manage the Regina bypass in a complex P3 ownership structure.
- The Sask. Party chose seven non-Saskatchewan companies to build and manage schools, including a Milwaukee firm that will be responsible for maintenance and operations for the next several decades under a P3 rent-a-school scheme.
- The Sask. Party chose six non-Saskatchewan corporations to build and manage a hospital and corrections facility in North Battleford; two from the United Kingdom, two from Alberta; one from Quebec and one from British Columbia. This is also a complex P3 ownership scheme.
- The Sask. Party is laying off more than 300 health care workers and turning hospital linen services over to an Alberta company.
- The Sask. Party just laid off all corrections and food services workers and gave the contract to an expensive United Kingdom catering service.
According to Statistics Canada, the sectors that lost the most jobs over the last year include: agriculture (-6,500 jobs); public administration (-3,700 jobs); forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas (-3,200 jobs); construction (-2,200 jobs); manufacturing (-2,100 jobs); educational services (-1,800 jobs); professional scientific and technical services (-900 jobs); finance, insurance, real estate and leasing (-500 jobs).