CHARLOTTETWON –Opposition Leader Steven Myers is blasting the provincial government for job vacancy rates released Tuesday by Statics Canada.
According to the national stats centre, P.E.I. has 15.5 people for every job vacancy. That’s up from 8 people per vacancy, last year.
Myers called on the Premier Robert Ghiz and Innovation Minister Alan Roach to do something about what he called “P.E.I.’s job creation vacuum.”
“These figures are staggering given that P.E.I. is experiencing the largest exodus of Island workers in three decades,” said Myers.
“With so many leaving the province, the sad reality is the number of unemployed people per job vacancy should go down, not up. Instead, it is clear that even with a diminished workforce, there are fewer jobs available to Islanders.”
“The premier and innovation minister have spent too much time blaming others and making excuses as to why P.E.I. faces this job crisis,” said Myers. “What they need to do is accept responsibility for their own job creation failures and direct their focus on how they can fix the problem.”