StatsCan report shows Sask. Party’s COVID-19 jobs recovery worst in the nation

REGINA - Today’s StatsCan data reveals that under Premier Scott Moe, Saskatchewan has experienced the worst jobs record in the country since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Scott Moe has given Saskatchewan families the worst of both worlds: Rising COVID case numbers, the lowest vaccination rate amongst the provinces and the worst jobs performance in the country,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “The Premier has failed in his response to COVID-19 - including at Extendicare Parkside - and he has failed working families with the biggest drop in jobs in Canada. Both these failures lie directly at the Premier’s feet.”

Today’s StatsCan report shows:

  • Compared to February 2020, the last full month before the pandemic, total employment has decreased by 20,400 jobs or 3.6%. This is the largest percentage decrease of all the provinces.
  • The unemployment rate is 7.0% increasing from 6.7% month-over-month. This is the second consecutive month that the unemployment rate has increased. 
  • Full-time employment decreased by 500 jobs month-over-month and by 4,000 jobs year-over-year. Saskatchewan is the only province that lost full-time jobs year-over-year.

“Saskatchewan families have been through so much, but this government has not been there for them,” said NDP Economy and Jobs Critic Aleana Young. “That’s not right. We need a real jobs plan in Saskatchewan, and a Last Mile strategy to vaccinate everyone in the province.”

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