Premier Brad Wall was Tweeting about todayâ€™s Statistics Canada report of an uptick in national manufacturing sales in March. It is an odd report for him to trumpet, given that it found a decline in Saskatchewanâ€™s manufacturing sales that month.
Another recent Statistics Canada report, Fridayâ€™s Labour Force Survey, indicates that Saskatchewan lost 400 manufacturing jobs in April. I had previously written that the province lost 4,600 manufacturing jobs since Wall took office. That figure is now an even 5,000.
Since Wallâ€™s premiership began in November 2007, manufacturing employment has declined by 16% in Saskatchewan (from 32,000 to 27,000) compared to 11% nationally (from 1,998,200 to 1,786,100).
Are Saskatchewan manufacturers suffering from Dutch disease, Sask. Party sickness, or both?