Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Participation rate up slightly in March (09/04/09)

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April 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick experienced a 0.4 per cent increase in its participation rate month over month in March.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault noted this increase as Statistics Canada released its monthly labour survey today.

"While New Brunswick is starting to feel the effects of the global economic downturn with an unemployment rate of 9.5 per cent in March, I am hopeful that capital investments, combined with our recent budget and federal initiatives will help the province regain its momentum," said Arseneault.

Figures released by Statistics Canada indicate that New Brunswick had 364,700 people employed in March compared to 365,300 the previous month. New Brunswick had a slight decline in employment, down about 600, compared to the previous month.

"Our government will continue to work hard to create jobs in New Brunswick," said Arseneault. "Our new plan for lower taxes will also help New Brunswick companies stay in the province to grow; to attract outside investment; and to help create meaningful jobs for New Brunswickers to remain or return to work to our province."

Employment growth in March was strongest in the following areas: public administration, construction and educational services.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.

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