Friday, April 24, 2009 | 04:28 PM PT |
The Liberal claim that the Campbell government has created more jobs in Canada than any other jurisdiction in the country is Generally True.For years, before the current economic slowdown, going to Alberta was like going to a job fair: signs in front of everything from hotels to hot dog stands screamed things like “$20 an hour” and “flexible schedule.”
So when B.C. Liberal leader Gordon Campbell said not once, but twice, during a radio debate Thursday, that, “we've created more jobs in the province than any other jurisdiction in the country in the last eight years” we at Reality Check thought that was worth a second look.
Sure, B.C.’s economy was red-hot for parts of the eight years Campbell has been in power, but it seemed unlikely to is B.C. had created more jobs than Alberta with its oilsands and a construction boom of their own. We checked the numbers from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. That’s the number that everyone, the politicians and the media, quotes when making claims like Campbell’s.
But that number doesn’t count the number of jobs, it counts the number of people with a job: if you have two or three part-time jobs, you’ll only count as employed once in the Labour Force Survey. Keeping that in mind, the number of people employed in B.C. between 2000 and 2008 increased by 380,000, or 20 per cent.
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