Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

New Brunswick one of two provinces to experience lower unemployment (09/05/08)

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May 08, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick was one of only two provinces to experience lower unemployment in April, as the unemployment rate dropped 0.6 percentage points.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault reported the decrease today as Statistics Canada released its monthly labour survey.

"New Brunswick and Manitoba were the only provinces in Canada to experience a slight decrease in their unemployment rates in April," said Arseneault. "This lower rate was fueled by a large decrease in the number of unemployed in April. In times of economic concern, I am hopeful that capital investments, combined with our recent budget and federal initiatives, will help the province regain its momentum."

Figures released by Statistics Canada indicate that New Brunswick had about 364,300 people employed in April compared to about 364,700 the previous month, a slight decline of about 400.

"Our government is working to create employment for New Brunswickers," said Arseneault. "Our recent plan for lower taxes will also help the province's companies grow and attract outside investment. This in turn will help create meaningful jobs in New Brunswick so that our people may remain or return to work in our province."

Employment growth in April was strongest in the following industries: agriculture; public administration; and business, building and support services.


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