Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Thousands more New Brunswickers in labour force (08/09/05)

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Sept. 5, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - There were 3,200 more people working in the province, and close to 6,000 more people in the labour force last month as compared to the same time last year as New Brunswick's unemployment rate dropped in August, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty reported today.

"I am very encouraged by these figures," Doherty said. "The significant year-over-year increase in our labour force indicates a confidence in the strategies we have put into place to build a stronger province. We are building the foundation for a self-sufficient New Brunswick by 2026, as indicated in our Charter for Change."

The figures released today by Statistics Canada indicate that the number of employed persons in New Brunswick rose to 366,500 last month, an increase of 1,600 from July, and an increase of 3,200 compared to last August. The labour force stood at 400,000, which was up by 5,800 compared to the same time last year.

The unemployment rate in August dropped to 8.4 per cent from 8.8 per cent in July.

"As we advance on projects such as the growth of a world-class energy hub, we will continue to work hard through our programs and services to ensure that New Brunswickers in every region have the tools and skills to be engaged in the workforce and be successful in this province," said Doherty.

Employment growth in August was strongest in these top three areas on a year-over-year basis: forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas; public administration; and transportation and warehousing.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Elaine Bell, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.

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