Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

November 03, 2006 09:17 ET

CLC/Jobs: Good News and Governmental Denial

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 3, 2006) - "There is no doubt that sixty-eight thousand new full-time jobs are good news, but is the federal government paying any attention to the patterns developing in our labour market?" asks Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. "Growing regional and sectoral differences should be cause for concern and government action."

"Resource booms come and go, and this one will not last forever," explains Georgetti. Canada needs to help the very hard-hit manufacturing sector to ensure we maintain an important base of reasonably well-paid and productive jobs.

Last week, the Canadian Labour Congress released a major paper on the manufacturing crisis and presented proposals on active labour market and training initiatives to Human Resources Minister Diane Finley.

The Canadian Labour Congress, once again, calls for a long-term, made-in-Canada jobs creation strategy. Canadian working families want active labour market policies to help workers move to the new job opportunities and imaginative solutions to growing regional gaps, like shifting more of the industrial work related to energy development to other parts of the country.

The unemployment numbers - Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey reports that in October 2006 the unemployment rate fell to 6.2% from 6.4% the previous month. Half of all the new jobs were created in Alberta and Saskatchewan while job creation lags in the rest of the country. The manufacturing sector lost another 15,000 jobs overall. Last month, in seasonally-adjusted numbers, there were 1,085,700 Canadians who wanted to work but did not have a job.

Chief Economist Andrew Jackson's Analysis

- The number of full-time jobs went up by a very strong 68,000, all of which were paid jobs rather than often low pay self-employment. This is definitely good news.

- We should celebrate a record-low unemployment rate of 4.9% for adult women, and a sharp fall in the youth unemployment rate.

- The regional imbalances are stark. For the calendar year 2006, job growth is very heavily concentrated in two provinces - Alberta and British Columbia.

- 147,000 of the 261,000 jobs created this year, that is 56.3%, have been in Alberta and B.C.

- Driven by the loss of another 18,000 manufacturing jobs in October, employment actually fell in Ontario last month and increased only marginally in Quebec where 8,000 manufacturing jobs were lost.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 135 district labour councils.

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