THUNDER BAY – Ontario received good news in the latest job numbers report.
In a release from the Ontario Government the Liberals state, “Ontario’s economic plan is getting results. The province gained 15,100 net new jobs in July and Ontario’s youth (ages 15-24) employment increased by 6,700 net new jobs.
“Including July’s job gains, the province has recovered all the jobs lost during the global recession and employment is now 3.1 per cent above the pre-recession peak. In 2013, Ontario employment increased by 95,700 new jobs”.
However the Progressive Conservatives say this is all smoke and mirrors.
The PCs say, “Statistics Canada’s July jobs report shows Ontario lost 29,300 full time jobs last month”.
“Clearly, Ontario’s unemployment rate continues to be unacceptably high and the loss of full time jobs last month is a serious concern,” charged Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott. “July 2014 marks the 91st consecutive month that Ontario’s unemployment rate has stood above the national average”.
“For more than seven and a half years, our jobless rate has been higher than the rest of Canada,” Mr. Arnott continued. “Surely, this is an indication of the failure of the Liberals’ job creation record over time.”
Overall, Ontario’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.5% in June to 7.4% in July. The national rate stands at 7.0%, down from 7.1% in June.
“The Provincial Government needs to encourage job creation by sending the right signals to the private sector,” Mr. Arnott argued. “To do this, the Government needs to reduce the tax and red tape burden on businesses and get hydro rates, government spending, and debt under control.”