Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

1,400 more New Brunswickers working compared to last month (10/03/12)

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March 12, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB ) - A total of 365,900 New Brunswickers were employed in February - 1,400 more than in January and 300 more than in the same month last year.

These were the highlights as Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault reported on New Brunswick's results in the labour force survey for February from Statistics Canada.

"I am pleased to see that our employment numbers have held steady this month," Arseneault said. "Our government is working hard to develop our economy and further our goal of a self-sufficient New Brunswick by 2026. We will continue to make strategic capital investments, as outlined in our recent provincial budget, that will help keep the New Brunswick economy moving forward."

The labour force in New Brunswick stood at 402,600 in February - 900 more than last month and 600 more than the same month last year.

New Brunswick's unemployment rate was 9.1 per cent in February, down 0.2 percentage points from last month and unchanged from the same time last year.

Employment growth in February was strongest in the following sectors: other services; information, culture and recreation; and manufacturing.


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