Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

New Brunswick one of only two provinces to experience increase in employment level in 2009 (10/01/08)

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Jan. 8, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick's annual average employment level increased slightly while the labour force held steady in 2009. These were some of the highlights reported today by Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Donald Arseneault, following the release of Statistics Canada's labour force survey.

"I am pleased that New Brunswick's annual employment level increased even slightly for 2009 in light of the economic climate," Arseneault said. "I am confident that recent capital investments and the government's Plan for a Stronger Economy will continue to help New Brunswick's economy grow."

The province's annual average employment level increased by 0.1 per cent while Saskatchewan's increased by 1.5 per cent. Manitoba's level remained unchanged, while all other provinces experienced declines in employment. The national level decreased by 1.6%.

The annual average unemployment rate for 2009 increased in every province. New Brunswick's increase was the smallest, at 0.3 of a percentage point. The national rate increased by 2.2 percentage points. The rates for both Alberta and British Columbia went up by three percentage points.

In the monthly statistics for December, Statistics Canada figures show 399,999 New Brunswickers were in the labour force, 1,200 fewer than at the same time last year. The monthly unemployment rate stood at 8.9 per cent, 0.3 of a percentage point higher than for the same month last year. There were 364,200 New Brunswickers employed in December, a decline of 2,400 compared to the same month last year.

"Our government will continue to work with stakeholders, industry and community leaders to better equip our workforce to meet the changing needs of our economy and to keep New Brunswick on the road to self-sufficiency," Arseneault said

Employment growth in December was strongest in the following areas: forestry, fishing, mining; oil and gas; other services; and information, culture and recreation.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-476-0542.

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