Steven Myers

PC Opposition leader Steven Myers says it's unacceptable that the job vacancy rate on P.E.I. more than doubled this year. (CBC)

P.E.I. Opposition Leader Steven Myers says the Island's job vacancy rate is alarming.

Myers said it's unacceptable that the job vacancy rate on P.E.I. more than doubled this year, with 22 unemployed Islanders for every job vacancy.

The latest information was released this week by Statistics Canada.

Myers said this shows the Ghiz government has failed to make job creation a priority.

"It is four times the Canadian average so it's about time that this government recognizes its failure to create jobs in this province and does something about it, said Myers. "Government hasn't created a climate at all in which business can thrive. They are taxing islanders to death, taxing businesses to death and they have made it so there is no money in the economy." 

"They are economy killers, they're job killers in this province. You can't grow an economy when you continue to take money out through taxation and that's exactly what this government has done."

Myers said the island has talented, highly skilled individuals who want to live and work in P.E.I., but they simply do not have the employment opportunities. He said as a result many are forced to leave.

The job vacancy ratio on PEI is highly variable because it is a small sample size.