“Today’s news from Statistics Canada tells us there has been virtually no job growth in Alberta in 2015,” said Interim PC leader Ric McIver, the Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour critic. “Even more concerning, Alberta’s Labour Force Participation Rate – which measures how many people are working or looking for work – has declined across the board, including the youth job market. This is a worrisome trend that needs to be corrected.”
The Statistics Canada report estimated that 6,700 youth aged 15-24 dropped out of Alberta’s labour force between May and June 2015. About 6,800 youth entered the labour force between May and June 2014. The report also indicates Alberta lost 5,000 jobs in June – 3,200 of them in Calgary alone.
“A higher minimum wage, higher business and personal income taxes, the timing and unknown scope of a royalty review – all these things put pressure on the businesses and hard-working Alberta families that create the jobs and contribute to our economy,” said McIver. “During the election, the NDP told Albertans they were the only ones with a plan. Well, now we’re calling on that promise. Now’s the time to show us the plan.”