Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Employment, participation rate hold steady in July compared to July 2008 (09/08/07)

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Aug. 7, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The number of New Brunswickers employed in July held steady compared to July of last year.

This was one of the highlights as Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault reported on the Statistics Canada labour force survey for July.

The continuing strength of the provincial labour force and steady year-over-year employment helped New Brunswick register an unemployment rate of 9.4 per cent, an increase of 0.2 per cent from last month.

"While I was disappointed to see a modest increase in the unemployment rate last month, the fact that the number of New Brunswickers employed is holding fairly steady, combined with employment growth in key sectors, demonstrates that the capital investments we are making and the growth measures we took in the budget are having an effect in stimulating the economy," said Arseneault.

According to Statistics Canada, New Brunswick had 364,900 people employed in July, the same level as recorded in July 2008. However, employment decreased by 2,000 when compared to June. The labour force stood at 402,700 in July, up 2,900 over July 2008 but down 1,300 when compared to June.

Employment growth in July was strongest in the construction, agriculture, and educational services sectors.


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