Unemployment numbers shows plan needed, MacFarlane says

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Progressive Conservative Economic and Rural Development and Tourism critic Karla MacFarlane says numbers released by Statistics Canada last week show Nova Scotians can’t wait any longer for a plan to create jobs.


In the last year, Nova Scotia lost 3,300 jobs and unemployment rose to 9.2 per cent. MacFarlane says the situation is bleak for families trying to make a decent living.

“It’s becoming harder and harder for Nova Scotia families to pay their bills and keep up with the cost of living,” said MacFarlane. “Jobs are disappearing and young people are leaving but the government isn’t taking action to address this crisis.”

MarFarlane says lower taxes, affordable power rates and getting rid of regulations that hold businesses back would be a good place to start.

“If small businesses can’t create jobs in our province, our economy will continue to be in serious trouble,” said MacFarlane, the MLA for Pictou West. “That rings especially true in rural Nova Scotia.”

In the past year, Nova Scotia’s North Shore has lost 3,500 jobs. The region’s unemployment rate is well-above the provincial average, at 10.3 per cent.


Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Pictou West, North Shore

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  • alex
    January 11, 2014 - 20:39

    well, my opinion is- I thought the pc's said they would not just criticize but offer potential solutions- I don't see any potential solutions offered here- anyone can complain, lets see the solutions