Unemployment skyrockets in Manitoba under Selinger NDP

Number of unemployed workers is up 13 per cent since 2009 as Premier fumbles economy: Friesen

Unemployment in Manitoba has skyrocketed by 13.7 per cent since Greg Selinger became NDP premier in 2009, according to figures released today by Statistics Canada. That rise in the number of unemployed workers is the largest such increase of all 10 provinces during that period.

“These unemployment numbers are alarming. The Selinger NDP’s mismanagement of the economy is costing Manitobans their jobs,” said Cameron Friesen, Opposition finance critic. “The rise in unemployment shows the damage done by this Premier’s high-tax, wasteful agenda.”

Equally disturbing is the statistics make it clear how the NDP government has led Manitoba in the opposite direction from the rest of Canada. The 13.7 per cent increase since 2009 in unemployed people in this province has come as the number of people out of work nationally fell by 12.9 per cent, nearly the same rate.

There were 4,600 more people unemployed in Manitoba in 2015 than in 2009. In the one year between December 2014 and December 2015, the number of full-time jobs in Manitoba dropped by approximately 8,300 while the number of private-sector jobs decreased by about 10,000.

“These job losses in Manitoba have come while the Selinger NDP has spent more than $2 million in public funds on its Steady Growth, Good Jobs partisan advertising campaign,” Friesen added. “Manitobans are tired of the same NDP broken promises and want a change for the better. This is broken trust, and a broken NDP government.”