According to a new Statistics Canada report, Saskatchewan was the only province, other than Newfoundland, that saw a decrease in the number of employees compared to this time last year.
“Earlier this month we saw 7,800 more Saskatchewan people out of work compared to the year before, and what we’re seeing today is that the trend is continuing,” said NDP Jobs Critic Vicki Mowat. “Once again every single province in Western Canada saw an increase in jobs over the last year except Saskatchewan, and it is clear that people are struggling because of the Sask. Party’s mismanagement of the economy.”
According to the latest report from Statistics Canada, British Columbia increased 77,500 jobs compared to last year, while Alberta increased by 44,600 jobs and Manitoba increased by 5,600 jobs in that same timeframe.
“These latest job numbers confirm what we already know – that more people are leaving Saskatchewan to find opportunities in other provinces,” Mowat said. “The Sask. Party’s PST hike has hurt several economic-driving and job-creating industries in the province – such as the construction and restaurant industry – and because of that people simply aren’t able to find and keep steady employment.”