Disastrous Trade and Job Numbers for Saskatchewan

December 20th, 2016

Statistics Canada reported today that, from September to October, Saskatchewan had by far the largest drop in wholesale trade and by far the largest jump in Employment Insurance (EI) claims and receipts of any province.

“Businesses are shipping fewer products and laying off more workers in our province,” said Regina–Lewvan MP Erin Weir. “The Sask. Party government is poised to aggravate the economic downturn with cutbacks and austerity. Saskatchewan people desperately need the federal government to provide a fair share of infrastructure and transfer payments to our province.”

Between September and October, Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade fell by 8.1 per cent. By comparison, the next largest monthly drop was 1.5 per cent in Manitoba. Across Canada, wholesale trade rose by 1.1 per cent.

Also between September and October, the number of workers claiming EI in Saskatchewan jumped by 12.6 per cent – far more than any other province. Nationally, EI claims edged lower by 0.1 per cent.

The number of workers receiving EI in Saskatchewan rose by six per cent, double the next largest increase of three per cent in Alberta. Nationally, receipts edged up by only 0.5 per cent.

“Although more Saskatchewan workers are receiving EI, we continue to see the consequences of the Liberal government excluding Regina from extended benefits,” said Weir. “The number of EI beneficiaries in our city rose by just two per cent, compared to six per cent province-wide.”

“All many unemployed workers in Regina want for Christmas is a few more weeks of benefits as they continue looking for work into the New Year,” said Weir. “The federal government can easily afford to extend the same help to Regina workers as it has provided everywhere else in Saskatchewan.”