Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Labour force remains steady in May (10/06/04)

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June 4, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The labour force in New Brunswick stood at 401,500 in May - unchanged over last month but 1,300 more than for the same month last year.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault reported today on the latest labour force survey provided by Statistics Canada.

"Since the beginning of the year, New Brunswick's employment levels have been consistently higher than the same month in the previous year, which is encouraging," Arseneault said. "Our government is working hard to develop our economy and further our goal of a self-sufficient New Brunswick by 2026."

Figures released by Statistics Canada show that 366,000 New Brunswickers were employed in May, up by 100 from the same month last year.

The monthly unemployment rate stood at 8.8 per cent in May, 0.3 of a percentage point higher than last month and 0.2 of a percentage point higher than the same month last year.

"Our government will continue to be innovative to match and expand our skilled labour pool to meet the needs of our growing labour market," Arseneault said. "We are committed to making job creation and economic development a priority to retain and bring our skilled people back to our province to enjoy the quality of life they deserve here at home."

Employment growth in May was strongest in the following areas on a year-over-year basis: information, culture and recreation; construction; and transportation and warehousing.

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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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