Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Labour force up by 500 in January (10/02/05)

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Feb. 5, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The labour force in the province stood at 401,700 in January, 500 more than in the previous month.

"I am encouraged by the slight growth in the labour force numbers," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, commenting on the monthly labour survey released by Statistics Canada. "We will monitor these statistics over the coming months and will continue to utilize all government programs and initiatives to improve the situation."

The Statistics Canada figures show that employment numbers for New Brunswick stood at 364,500 in January, down 900 from December and down 3,400 compared to the same period last year. The unemployment rate in New Brunswick increased to 9.3 per cent in January compared to 8.9 per cent in the previous month.

"Our government continues to work diligently to create employment for New Brunswickers," said Arseneault. "Combined with our plan for lower taxes, these measures will help the province's companies grow, and they will attract outside investment."

Employment growth in January was strongest in the following on a year-over-year basis: information, culture and recreation; other services; and manufacturing.


MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2039.