Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Employment, participation rate hold steady in August compared to July (09/09/04)

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Sept. 4, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The number of New Brunswickers employed in August remained unchanged from last month.

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.

Although New Brunswick's unemployment rate increased by 0.9 of a percentage point year-over-year, this was below the national increase of 2.5 percentage points.

New Brunswick registered an unemployment rate of 9.3 per cent in August 2009 compared to 8.4 per cent in August 2008. Over the same period, Canada's jobless rate increased to 8.7 per cent from 6.2 per cent.

"I am quite pleased to see that the number of New Brunswickers employed is holding fairly steady," Arseneault said. "Our government will continue to work diligently to create employment for New Brunswickers and help the province's companies grow."

According to Statistics Canada, New Brunswick's labour force stood at 402,400 in August. This was 300 less than the previous month but 2,000 more than the same month last year.

Employment growth in August was strongest in the information, culture and recreation; construction; and educational services sectors.


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