VANCOUVER (July 10, 2020) – New jobs numbers were released by Statistics Canada today, which show the NDP needs to bring forward a recovery plan for B.C. as the unemployment rate remains stuck at over 13 per cent.
BC Liberal Jobs Critic Jordan Sturdy says while it is good news to see more British Columbians back working, far too many remain out of work and, with over 100,000 of the jobs being part-time, a long-term recovery plan is needed immediately.
“We’re at over 13 per cent unemployment in B.C. and with the majority of jobs being part-time, the long-term jobs outlook for B.C. is a major concern for people,” said Sturdy. “As the fight against the pandemic continues, British Columbians desperately need the NDP to develop and deliver an economic recovery plan to get us back on track. A survey just doesn’t cut it.”
While the number of employed British Columbians grew slightly, B.C. now has the fourth-highest unemployment rate in Canada. Given B.C. has done better than most in combatting the virus, it is disappointing the economies of other jurisdictions appear to be bouncing back faster and stronger.
“In less than three years, B.C. has gone from having the lowest unemployment rate in Canada to being the fourth-highest,” added Sturdy. “It’s clear NDP policies were hurting B.C. families before the pandemic. Unfortunately, we’ve seen no action from this government that will give people any comfort with an actual plan to bring prosperity back to the province — because it’s clear they don’t.”
The BC Liberals have sent John Horgan and the NDP 13 policy letters with over 60 suggestions and ideas to get B.C.’s economy back on track and save jobs. To date, the NDP have done nothing but ask British Columbians to fill out more forms.