Post-Secondary Education and Training

Unemployment rate remains in single digits / 1,100 more New Brunswickers working (06/09/08)

NB 1192

Sept. 8, 2006

FREDERICTON (CNB) - There were 1,100 more people working in August as compared to the same time last year, and the unemployment rate stood at 9.1 per cent which was down from 9.7 per cent in August 2005. Post-Secondary Education and Training Minister Jody Carr reported today on the latest Labour Force Survey provided by Statistics Canada.

"I am certainly encouraged that our unemployment rate remained in single digits and there were 1,100 more New Brunswickers working as compared to the same time last year," Carr said. "We will continue to monitor these figures over the long term, and I am confident that they will continue to improve."

Figures released by Statistics Canada show that there were 350,200 New Brunswickers employed in August, up by 1,100 from the same time last year when 349,100 people were working. The labour force stood at 385,200 last month which is the statistic that measures those working or actively seeking work.

The monthly unemployment rate stood at 9.1 per cent in August, which was down from 9.7 per cent at the same time last year.

Employment growth in August was strongest in: finance, insurance real estate and leasing; other services; and construction.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn Hearn, communications, Post-Secondary Education and Training, 506-453-2568.

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