THUNDER BAY – Statistics Canada reports, “Employment fell by 23,000 in Ontario in September. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.8%, as there were fewer people, particularly youth, participating in the labour market. Despite the decline in September, employment in Ontario grew by 127,000 (+1.9%) from a year earlier”.
“Employment in Ontario was little changed in August. The unemployment rate in this province was 8.8%, up 0.3 percentage points from the previous month, the result of an increase in the number of people in the labour force”.
In July, Statistics Canada reported, “Following increases in recent months, employment in Ontario edged down by 15,000 in July, bringing the unemployment rate up 0.2 percentage points to 8.5%”.
The figures mean that there are 38,000 fewer jobs in Ontario since the HST was implemented.
In June, before the HST was implemented, Ontario gained 60,000 jobs.
The numbers of jobs that the McGuinty Government promised would be created over ten years; 600,000/12 months. The Premier promised 5,000 jobs a month. That means over July, August and September that 15,000 additional jobs should have been created.
Instead Ontario is behind now by 53,000 jobs. That means Ontario has lost in the first three months since the HST was implemented, over ten months of the jobs that the Ontario Liberals claimed that the new tax would create. At 5,000 jobs a month it would be 60,000 jobs a year that the Premier and his government promised would be created.
The job figures mean unless there is a massive jump in employment over the next year that by next October’s provincial election the job benefits that the McGuinty government promised will not be there.
Even if the best case scenario of 5,000 jobs a month are created each month for the next year, Ontario will simply be exactly where we were before the HST was implemented. That means the HST will continue to be a major issue in Ontario, and it could well be the Achilles’’ Heel for the Ontario Liberals.