Canada punches way above its weight in jobs-added compared to U.S.

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This is not necessarily a sound economic comparison, but it’s interesting anyway.

Canada, which already has an unemployment number below that of the U.S., added 58,000 jobs in April.  You’d expect the U.S., which has ten times the population and an economy more than ten times the size of Canada’s, and which, under Obama and the Democrats, has “invested” (scare quotes accompanied by a huge eye-roll) tons more taxpayer cash in corporate and crony labor union bailouts and so-called “stimulus” (snarf), to have created at least ten times that number  –  or 580,000 jobs. But that’s not what happened.

In the U.S.:

115,000 jobs added in April, less than expected…

Last Updated: 10:11 AM, May 4, 2012

WASHINGTON — US job growth slowed again in April, a fresh sign that the economy could be settling into a sluggish spring.

… A broader measure of unemployment — which includes job seekers as well as those stuck in part-time jobs — was unchanged at 14.5 percent.

And here’s a snippet from today’s news from Canada:

Canada added 58,000 jobs in April, StatsCan reports Staff
Date: Fri. May. 11 2012 10:27 AM ET

Canada saw an increase of 58,000 jobs in April, the second straight month of notable gains in the workforce, according to Statistics Canada.

Following are some key points from the report:

  • In April, construction employment rose by 25,000 jobs and were up 3.5 per cent from a year earlier;
  • Manufacturing jobs were up by 24,000 in April, continuing an upward trend that began in December;
  • Educational service jobs were up 17,000;
  • Natural resources employment continued an upward trend that began last fall, and showed a robust increase of 12.5 per cent employment from a year earlier;
  • Agricultural employment increased by 10,000 jobs in April;
  • Employment in public administration dropped by 32,000 jobs.

Canada is led by a tepid Conservative government. They participated in the giant U.S. auto bailout of Chrysler and GM (Canada is a huge manufacturing center for the big-3 U.S. auto makers), even though President Obama claimed he saved the auto industry.


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