May 7, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Labour force and employment numbers for New Brunswick remained positive for the third straight month according to Statistic Canada in its labour force survey for April.
"I am encouraged to see that employment levels have been consistently increasing every month since January and that our labour force is holding steady," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.
New Brunswick's labour force stood at 401,500 - 200 more than in the previous month and 1,700 more than in the same month last year.
A total of 367,300 persons had jobs in April - 800 more than in the previous month and 2,600 more than in the same month last year. Labour force and employment numbers grew month-over-month and year-over-year in April.
"The government's recent capital investments, together with our plan for lower taxes, have continued to help our province over the long-term as we move toward self-sufficiency," said Arseneault. "I am also pleased that New Brunswick's unemployment rate went down in April."
New Brunswick's unemployment rate was 8.5 per cent, down 0.2 of a percentage point from the previous month and down 0.3 of a percentage point from the same month last year.
The national jobless rate was 8.1 per cent in April, down 0.1 of a percentage point from the previous month and unchanged from the same month last year.
Employment growth in April year-over-year was strongest in the following sectors: other services; information, culture and recreation; and transportation and warehousing.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-476-0542.