Sask. Party Spin Outstrips Population Growth
Sask. Party spin appears to be growing even faster than the provinceâ€™s population. Todayâ€™s Saskatchewan government news release quotes Premier Wall as saying, â€œWe have the strongest job growth and lowest unemployment in Canada.â€
By what measure does SaskatchewanÂ have the strongest job growth? Statistics Canadaâ€™s Labour Force Survey indicates that employment grew by 2.9 per cent in Saskatchewan and 3.6 per cent in Alberta over the past year (August 2012 to August 2013).
The Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours indicates that payroll employment (as opposed to self-employment) grew by 1.3 per cent in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, 1.4 per cent in Newfoundland and Labrador, and 2.5 per cent in Alberta over the past year (June 2012 to June 2013, the most recent figures available).
Saskatchewanâ€™s unemployment rate is indeed the lowest in Canada. At 4.2 per cent, itÂ is the same as it was in October and November 2007, when the Sask. Party took power. In other words, the number of unemployed workers has grown at the same pace as employment, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged.