Feb. 6, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Three thousand more New Brunswickers were working last month compared to the same time last year. The labour force increased by 4,700 compared to the same time last year, which helped the unemployment rate remain stable.
These were the highlights as Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault reported today on the monthly labour survey released by Statistics Canada.
"I am pleased that, during these tough economic times, the provincial statistics continue to remain stable, and I am encouraged by these positive indicators," said Arseneault. "Compared to the increase in the national unemployment rate, New Brunswick is doing fairly well so far."
Figures released by Statistics Canada indicate that New Brunswick had 368,200 people employed in January. This was 1,600 more than in the previous month and 3,000 more than in the same month last year.
"We will continue to monitor these numbers so we can be fully prepared for any possible adjustments to employment programs," said Arseneault. "We want to ensure that New Brunswickers have the tools they need to be employed in their province."
New Brunswick was one of only five provinces to have experienced employment growth on a year-over-year basis. The unemployment rate in the province was stable at 8.7 per cent in January.
"We are hopeful that our recent capital investments will help New Brunswickers in this time of economic downturn," said Arseneault. "We will continue to work toward diversifying the province's economy and ensure we are still on the right track to achieve our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."
Employment growth in January was strongest in the following areas: agriculture, education services, and utilities.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.