The latest job numbers from Statistics Canada paint a grim picture for full-time employment in Nova Scotia.
Compared to May 2013, there are 11,600 fewer Nova Scotians working in full-time positions. To put that in perspective, that number is nearly the same as the entire population of Truro, which according to the 2011 census had 12,059 residents.
The loss of employment in full-time positions was partly compensated by an increase of 3,100 part-time positions, resulting in a net decrease of 8,500 jobs compared to May 2013.
In a news release, PC Leader Jamie Baillie slammed the governing Liberals for their "economic incompetence."
“Many families are giving up hope and moving away,” he said. “We must make bold changes to the way this province is run and encourage entrepreneurs to create jobs.”
For the labour market as a whole in Nova Scotia, it now has about 8,000 fewer people than it did a year ago.
New Brunswick's decline, year to year, was 1,800. On Prince Edward Island, there were 1,000 fewer full-time jobs in May 2014 than in May 2013.