posted by the Publisher:
Have you ever had projects you have started that assume lives of their own? This one of mine has. Six and a half years ago, in the depths of the 2008 recession, I started to track the Statscan pages for local employment numbers. From time to time I have I have referred to the numbers, usually to point out that despite puff pieces from the local MP and other bigwigs, and to look realistically at local social conditions. Now the project has so much data it would a shame not to check every month for differences – hey things should be better after six and a half years shouldn’t they? But apparently not.
So what do we see when we look at the stats? The full figures can be seen here, and a summary in the table below. The basic conclusion is bad After seventy-eight months of economic activity the economic area of the Muskoka Kawarthas, of which Northumberland County is part has nine hundred more people in the active workforce, twelve hundred more people working and three hundred more unemployed people than six and a half years ago.
If we are to measure economic success by the number of unemployed we have failed miserably. If you take into account that this economic region has grown by about twelve thousand people and that labour force participation figures show a decline then obviously we have grown into a ‘leisure state’ with all of the attendant service industry growth.
Just another indication that young people and jobs have no place in this modern part of Northumberland!
Six and a half years of watching the numbers
|June 2008||June 2014|
|people in workforce||186,600||187,500............ + 900|
|people who have jobs||199,400||200,600............ + 1200|
|number of unemployed||12,800||13,100.............. + 300|