New Statistics Canada jobs and employment numbers are out for August 2017, and they're bad news for the Alberta NDP.
The unemployment rate in Edmonton now is the highest in the country at 9.1 per cent. Calgary slips to second place at 8.7 per cent.
The overall unemployment rate in the entire province is up nearly 40 per cent since the NDP formed government.
According to Statistics Canada, 33,500 jobs were added in the province over the last 12 months.
The NDP will sell this number as proof of their ability to grow the economy. But of those 33,500 jobs, only 3,200 were new private sector jobs.
And 20,400 of those new jobs were catagorized as self-employed.
That’s right: Nearly two-thirds of all new jobs were people trying to start their own business, in spite of the NDP.
It's such a typical Albertan response to long-term unemployment. We take care of ourselves and we try to create our own opportunities.
But Trudeau’s new corporate tax changes — changes Rachel Notley has been silent about — will squash new Alberta entrepreneurs and put them back on the unemployment lines.