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Different Views on Jobs in Sask – Government & Opposition – DiscoverHumboldt.com

Different Views on Jobs in Sask – Government & Opposition – DiscoverHumboldt.com
Different Views on Jobs in Sask – Government & Opposition – DiscoverHumboldt.com

It’s a case of “they said, they said” when it comes to jobs in the province and the latest figures from StatsCan. It all depends on who’s doing the news — the Sask Party government or the opposition NDP.

Last week, the province released its outlook on the latest jobs figures, announcing strong and steady growth of 14,400 jobs (7,300 full-time and 7,100 part-time) year-over-year. They also cited historic record highs in employment of 619,100 jobs and a labor force of 651,100.

“Saskatchewan is growing at its fastest pace in more than a century, with more people living and working in the province than ever before,” said Minister of Immigration and Career Training Jeremy Harrison. “Investments in Saskatchewan are fueling historic economic growth and job creation, allowing us to take action to keep life affordable in Saskatchewan while making record investments in health care, education and our communities.”

On the other hand, the same StatsCan report drew the ire of the opposition, which interpreted the news as bleak, as the government has the second-worst jobs score in Canada, particularly when it comes to full-time employment and month-on-month results.

“Under Scott Moe and the Sask. Party, full-time jobs — jobs that pay a mortgage — have been declining since last month. Families are struggling to send their kids to summer camp or take them on vacation. Scott Moe claims to care about rural Saskatchewan, but it’s hard to believe him: under his administration, every region outside Regina and Saskatoon has lost jobs since he became premier,” said Aleana Young, the Official Opposition jobs and economy critic.

The warning was based on figures showing Saskatchewan gained 400 part-time jobs last month, while losing 1,200 full-time jobs, according to an NDP press release. The statement went on to note that Saskatoon was hit the hardest, losing 4,500 jobs last month.

The NDP statement remained critical of what it called Sask Party decisions to use contractors and services from outside the province or country. The release notes that in Alberta, there are only mammograms from sources, that nurses are traveling from outside the province, and that a company in the U.S. has a contract to recycle tires, resulting in the loss of more than 60 jobs.

Back to the macro picture: the government says the StatsCan numbers look good year-over-year. In Regina, employment increased by 5,000, up 3.4 percent, and in Saskatoon, employment increased by 5,400, up 2.7 percent, compared to June last year.