EDMONTON, AB: While other parts of Canada saw rebounding job numbers in the month of October, Alberta saw an increasing unemployment rate in Calgary that hit double digits, the Wildrose Official Opposition said.
In addition, the Statistics Canada numbers reveal a 9.1 per cent unemployment rate in the Fort McMurray region, an overall loss of 26,200 jobs in Alberta compared to October 2015 and 6,100 fewer jobs in the resource sector than this time last year.
“Ask any Albertan and they can tell you times are tough in our province. To make matters worse, NDP policies are placing an additional financial burden on hardworking families and business owners,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “The NDP government needs to recognize that its $3 billion carbon tax, risky PPA lawsuit and increase in personal and corporate taxes are killing investor confidence in our province when we need it most.”
Calgary, in particular, has seen businesses closing due to NDP policies like the 50 per cent minimum wage increase, and the unemployment rate is expected to climb even further before Christmas.
“The NDP need to accept that their role right now is to do no further harm,” Wildrose Shadow Jobs Minister Grant Hunter said. “For Albertans’ sake, they need to put common sense over ideology and cancel their risky agenda.”