Far more Albertans are receiving EI payments today.
If taxes are competitive and firms are incentivized to invest, jobs will be created.
Saskatchewan increased government-sector employment by just 2.1 per cent—one-tenth of Alberta’s growth rate.
Compared to people in other provinces, Albertans are more likely to experience long spells of unemployment.
Since July 2014, employment in Alberta’s government sector grew by 78,733 employees—a 21.5 per cent increase.
Four CMAs saw their employment shrink, and they were all in Ontario.
Over the past three years, Alberta’s average annual total job growth was a meagre 0.6 per cent.
More big deficits of $9.7 billion and $7.2 billion are projected for the next two years.