Setting the bar quite low

Minister Arsenault is quoted in the government press release saying he is encouraged by the latest labour force survey data.   I realize this is likely a boilerplate term but he is encouraged by this:

Employment Growth Rate – May 2009 to May 2010

Newfoundland and Labrador 6.5%
Prince Edward Island 2.6%
Ontario 2.5%
Manitoba 2.0%
British Columbia 1.6%
Quebec 1.2%
Saskatchewan 0.8%
Nova Scotia 0.5%
Alberta 0.3%
New Brunswick 0.0%


Employment growth across Canada started to rebound in July of 2009.  Since then the country has created 310,000 jobs.  New Brunswick’s flat line of employment growth coupled with the second lowest employment rate in Canada is not particularly encouraging.

If it is any consolation, the employment picture under the Tories wasn’t much better.  We have been suffering under tepid private sector job growth for a while and there are no call centre jobs waiting in the wings.