January 14, 2016

StatsCan: Alberta adds 47,000 government jobs -- while private sector unemployment soars

Rebel Staff

Let me show you a shocking new report from Statistics Canada, about employment in Alberta, by type of work.

First, 20,000 fewer young people are working now than a year ago, down 6.3%. And that’s going to plunge even further when the NDP jacks up minimum wage.

Next, look at private sector workers. Down more than 70,000 jobs. That's 4.6%. And imagine what’s going to happen when the NDP brings in their carbon sales tax, and jacks up their other taxes.

Finally: Public sector employment. Government workers. Unionized. Pensions. Paid for by tax dollars. You know — the real fat cats. 35 hour work weeks, long lunch breaks, long vacations, lots of sick days.

They’ve had their best year ever! They’ve grown by a staggering 47,000 people. That’s 12.7%.

Has Alberta’s population grown 12.7%? Are there 12.7% more hospitals or schools or roads?

Rachel Notley is not the premier for Alberta. She’s the premier for government bureaucrats and their labour unions.


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commented 2016-08-25 16:12:32 -0400
His stats are from December 2014 to December 2015. NDP were only in power for half that time.
commented 2016-08-25 16:01:42 -0400
So where is the link to the Stats Canada report? Is there a reason there is no link?
commented 2016-02-25 09:38:42 -0500
OK folks, we can not wait 4 more years!!! We need to take over and control the minority NDP Party NOW!!! They are the Tail wagging the Dog and Albertans need to bite that tail now!!! Check this out to see how we can swamp them and do a peaceful takeover! New Leader, New Agendas, New Policies… and we get Alberta back! http://www.albertansfirst.org and follow George Clark. We need to act now and rip them off like a bandaid, because THEY are ripping us off daily until we remove them!
Ok Team for $1 we can take control of this Left AB NDP, make them represent the Right Majority of the people of Alberta and get a voice on their policies and agendas and their Leadership! Majority rules! We can motion for a vote of non confidence, remove Rachel and bring back the Albertan advantage!
It is not the fault of low oil $$$, it is the complete lack of confidence that industry has in the Canadian Provincial and Federal Gov’ts!
Unite the Right, Remove the Wrong!!!
We need pipelines!!! Canada does not run on Leprechaun, Unicorn and Pixie farts, nor Rainbows, nor Fairy Dust!!! See you March 8 at the AB Leg in Edmonton 11AM – ?!
commented 2016-02-09 21:09:40 -0500
Just want to quickly dispel some misinformation being peddled by Chris T who has decided to not be above engaging in hypocrisy by using statistics to knock down a straw man he/she erected while making specious comparisons…

First and foremost, justifying public sector growth by the NDP because their predecessors also engaged in it is ridiculous. They have been in control since May and so the continued growth of the public sector simply makes them complicit with previous public sector growth.

This is analogous to a pool manager putting a shark in the swimming pool, being fired, and then seeing the replacement add yet another shark to the pool. The first shark not having been added by the replacement doesn’t spare them from being criticized for its continual presence. What is the justification for either of the sharks?

Alberta population grew roughly 1.4% (CANSIM 051-0005) against a public sector growth of an order magnitude higher and the article rightly questions the justification for this and draws a logical conclusion.

At no point in this article is the previous regime “championed” as Chris T says. The data supports the question (CANSIM 282-0089) for the Public/Private sector employee breakdown… the industry-specific data Christ T posted is incorrect to use as many industries have public and private sector components (education, health care are easy examples of this); it DOES, however, allow for Chris to point out favorable data to hypocritically try to make a point.
commented 2016-01-17 14:15:08 -0500
It seems that everything that our NDP government does is based on expanding its power for its own sake. Therefore , they act to make achievement of self reliance unattainable especially for the private sector. They want to be sure that our weath cannot be passed on to our children, and work to make our dependence irreversible. By keeping the poor and the middle class impoverished, the corporatocracy will have an endless supply of employees who are desperate, underpaid, over ambitious, over consuming, homeless, dependent debt slaves for generation after generation. Thus we will be witnessing the incremental elimination of our property rights and or course our human rights because both does not exsist without the other. Our current government is deliberately and irreversibly extinguishing our freedom and we the people are allowing them to do it.
commented 2016-01-17 14:12:08 -0500
If she hired 47,000 people, where do you PC/WRPMISOGYNITST retards think these people came from?
commented 2016-01-16 15:53:51 -0500
Yeah, how dare the government try to stimulate the economy by adding jobs and by asking the rich to pay their fair share. We should go back to being dependent on a single industry and letting the ultra rich have their way with us.
commented 2016-01-16 02:26:21 -0500
Notley should be nicknamed the Vomit Comet because that’s what she makes most Albertans want to do.
commented 2016-01-15 23:58:52 -0500
Shocking!!! This woman is pure evil.
commented 2016-01-15 23:35:15 -0500
Saw this being shared around. Something that caught my eye when the statistics were being flashed was a part that wasn’t highlighted and that the author did not mention, a -1.6% change in public sector employment from Nov 2015 to Dec 2015 (ie. negative job growth in the public sector). Strange this wasn’t mentioned, but I guess you could possible chalk it up to small sample size.

With that in mind I have a few questions for the author … Ezra why would you use a stats with a range from Jan 2015 through Dec 2015 to evaluate public sector job growth under the NDP when for half of that period the elected government was the Conservative party? Would it not make sense to use statistics from May 2015 (when the NDP formed the government) to Dec 2015? Is it because the statistics do not support your narrative?

One would have thought that because the Rebel Media portrays themselves a legitimate media/news source they would at least attempt to produce legitimate journalism, ie. the author would research topic with an open mind and provide unbiased reporting of their findings. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case here, as the author has published a sensationalist piece that is not fully supported by the data.

While it is fair to criticize the NDP government for growth in the public sector (specifically healthcare/education) during times where employment is challenging in the private sector, it is unfair to criticize that same government while at the same time championing the previous regime whose public sector growth record was greater. Public administration job growth under the current NDP government from May 2015 through Dec 2015 was virtually nil at 0.63%, while in the 6 month prior from Jan 2015 through April 2015 public administration job growth under the conservative government increased 10.6%.

If any readers would like to avoid being sheeple I’ve posted a few of the statistics below. They are also readily available here – http://work.alberta.ca/labour/2015-monthly-labour-force-statistics.html

Public Administration Jobs under NDP (in thousands)
Dec 2015 – 96.9
% increase – 0.63
Public Administration Jobs under Conservatives (in thousands)
Jan 2015 – 86.8
April 2015 – 96.0
% increase – 10.6
Education Jobs under NDP (in thousands)
Dec 2015 – 148.3
% increase – 9.37
Education Jobs under Conservatives (in thousands)
Jan 2015 – 126.6
April 2015 – 135.6
% increase – 7.11
Healthcare Jobs under NDP (in thousands)
Dec 2015 – 268.4
% increase – 2.05
Healthcare Jobs under Conservatives (in thousands)
Jan 2015 – 255.4
April 2015 – 263.0
% increase – 2.97

Maybe the author will attempt to produce an actual journalism in his next piece, rather than a sensationalist garbage
commented 2016-01-15 20:39:03 -0500
“Sam Young commented 18 hours ago
I bet Brad Wall is already crunching out the numbers on how much equalization payment money has to go to Alberta. "

He’s been crunching numbers to find out if he can expect equalization himself. Probably not, but the way things are going, it will be close, Sask will receive it long before Alberta does. Alberta’s per-capita GDP is 20,000 dollars higher than Saskatchewan’s, and both provinces have suffered from the resource rout to a similar degree. Ontario is expected to become “have” in the near future. When BC, Alberta, Sask, and Ontario are “haves” next year, it will be the first time in nearly a decade that the majority of Canadians are “haves”.
commented 2016-01-15 16:34:43 -0500
Nothing stopping people from going to work in the public sector…
commented 2016-01-15 12:26:31 -0500
The Liberals are socialist enough BUT the NDP are monsters!!! Both parties dislike oil & gas! They (liberals want you to think they like oil & gas ) but Liberals like to trick people to vote for them then you will find out the Liberal party just lied! The way Thomas Muclair was compaigning and talking about issues, make me think he was a hard core Marxist. TRUST me Notley will be out of power very soon! There are a lot of business men who won’t loose all their businesses for NOTLEY!
commented 2016-01-15 11:55:48 -0500
P G – everyone that is able to is fleeing to SK. Since she has scared all O&G business out of AB, with the exception of those companies that made deals with her under the table, she seems to think that she can snap her fingers at will and they will return. It’s not going to happen. These multi-billion dollar O&G companies are much smarter that the nannies on Rachel’s dream team.
commented 2016-01-15 11:32:12 -0500
Amazing and scary as hell how they’re minds works Deb! I have a customer who fled Putin’s Russia a few years ago. He said to me this week he may as well go back as Alberta and the Nutley regime are starting to look like what he fled in the first place.
commented 2016-01-15 11:20:42 -0500
P G – when you are being offered money publicly to step down as a leader, then that should be a very humbling experience indeed. But communists are not like those of us who are fully formed individuals, with minds and ideas of our own. They follow a ridiculous and heartless ideology, because they know what’s best for us, better than our own creator. I will never follow their demented ideology, because I couldn’t stand the thought of taking away others abilities to feed and clothe themselves and their families. Just because I as an individual don’t buy into what the nanny state is pushing. She has no mandate to do the things that she has done, and I am hoping there will be a return to sanity, and the electorate does the right thing and terminates their positions.
commented 2016-01-15 10:40:36 -0500
And the Hit’s just keep coming! Haha! Deborah Graupner. All true Deb in they’re trying to buy future votes but we all know they will be absolutely blown out in the next election. That’s if they last that long. With the anger growing here I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re back at the polls in the next 12 months. At least I hope so ;)
commented 2016-01-15 09:56:58 -0500
They are just using our money to try and buy the next election. But I’m hoping the sheeple will have had enough from the party of destruction by then. If not, and they reelect these crooks, then we will get what we deserve for having such a stupid electorate.
commented 2016-01-15 09:33:14 -0500
so 42000 more gov jobs. TAKING MONEY FROM THE ONES LEFT WITH JOBS TO PAY FOR MORE USELESS GOV JOBS , This dumb bitch will destroy alberta, but on the bright side the ndp will be exterminated next election due to her complete incompetence, even the gov unions will not be able to save the ndp
commented 2016-01-15 09:21:24 -0500
The only time … and maybe not even then … the rest of Canada will get it through their thick heads that Alberta was paying the Provincial Equalization bills is when the money no longer flows in and the bills that it paid go unpaid.

Then maybe they might see that the oil industry in Alberta was doing more for them that just providing tens of thousands of jobs and manufacturing contracts.

Notley has to go before she completely destroys the Alberta economy, and then we can ship the die-hard NDP voters out to the socialist province of their choice.
commented 2016-01-15 07:40:35 -0500
Sam Young commented 5 hours ago
I bet Brad Wall is already crunching out the numbers on how much equalization payment money has to go to Alberta.

They’ve alre4ady said that Alberta won’t be getting equalization payments because there is no one to make those payments. They said Alberta will continue to be bled dry. Which is why we should have gotten out of this stupid country years ago.
commented 2016-01-15 02:36:39 -0500
I bet Brad Wall is already crunching out the numbers on how much equalization payment money has to go to Alberta.
commented 2016-01-15 00:40:23 -0500
Scott Allen, A critical ratio will be private sector employees to public sector employees. Here in Manitoba, it may already be as low as 3:1. When Alberta approaches that low a ratio, you’ll know you’re at the point of no return. As is the case in Manitoba, the debt is too far gone. Even if the Conservatives win the next provincial election, they’ll have to sell the farm to dig out of the mess Doer and Selinger have built. Ideally, the ration should be 5:1 or even 6:1. The sad part is, it’s only going to get worse for Alberta. If you guys can sweat it out until the next election, and hope the electorate returns to its senses, hopefully there is some resurrection in the oil industry to pull the mess upright again.
commented 2016-01-14 21:00:52 -0500
Robewrt Hewgill said, “Yeah, after giving them around a 2% wage increase. While they were already paid 20% more than any other province.”

And the public sector employees are already getting about 30% more than their equivalent in the private sector, so add on to that the 20% ore than other public sector employed in other provinces and the the 2% recent wage increase.

In addition they get better retirement and health care packages. It has always burned my butt that I as a private sector employee … well I am when I am employed … pay for the public sector employees to have an excellent retirement package when I don’t make enough to save effectively for even a meager retirement.
commented 2016-01-14 20:50:00 -0500
That disgusting sneer needs to be wiped off Nutley’s (getting uglier) face – all she needs to do is show up in the town she was raised.

Re: "James Barnes commented 2 hours ago
She has no idea where the money comes from. What stupidity. "
This why she’s hiring “Enforcement” people – to enforce her absurdity
commented 2016-01-14 20:21:24 -0500
What ever happened to the concept of small government?
Must be fun spending other people’s money. :-O

Her husband’s a union boss?
Expect a lot of pork barrelling
Happy socialism Alberta!

commented 2016-01-14 19:35:21 -0500
This what N.D.P.blonds do.
commented 2016-01-14 19:28:00 -0500
Love that idea Ron Voss
commented 2016-01-14 19:22:23 -0500
CHARLETON G, “Point is what are Albertans going to do about it?” Albertans can’t wait 3-4 more years for this disastrous destruction to continue; surround the legislature on mass and tell them to “get the he’ll out”!