Canadians grow more pessimistic about economy, jobs... except in the West

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Pessimism about jobs is highest in Atlantic Canada, where only 5.9 per cent expect there to be more jobs in the next six months.

OTTAWA — The Conference Board says Canadians are getting increasingly pessimistic about the economy and the availability of jobs — except if they are in the booming West.

The think-tank’s consumer confidence survey slid one point to 85.9 in July, the third month in a row that it has fallen.

The big reason, says the Conference Board, is that there’s still a significantly large number of people who see the jobs picture darkening going forward with 22.7 per cent saying they expect fewer jobs in the next six months, compared with 15.9 per cent who expect more.

The pessimism about jobs is highest in Atlantic Canada, where only 5.9 per cent expect there to be more jobs in the next six months.

But optimism remains high in the West. Confidence grew in the Prairies 4.5 points in July to 107.8.

And even though the confidence index fell 9.9 points in British Columbia, it remains high at 105.9, or 20 percentage points above the national average.

The survey was conducted between July 3 and July 14, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.


Geographic location: OTTAWA, West.The, Atlantic Canada British Columbia

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  • peterR
    July 31, 2014 - 16:15

    How stupid can you be, Harper is not hurting Atlantic Canada. Gail Shea bring bags of Fed. money to PEI every other week, with Roachi standing by grinning.

    • Mike C
      July 31, 2014 - 20:14

      @ peterR. Shea brings bags of money every other week? You do know there is an election next year. That is called buying votes. Having said that, Ghiz and this so called Liberal party are not doing anything for Islanders either. Look at todays gas price adjustment today! Both ghiz and harper are a cancer to PEI!

  • Joe Blow
    July 29, 2014 - 22:06

    Well Stephen Harper wants people to flock to Alberta for work so he is cutting jobs in all other provinces except Alberta. He is making it harder to live anywhere else in Canada, especially the east coast....and he is hoping more and more people move to Alberta to work in his oil fields. Well....I don't want to move outwest for work....I shouldn't have to. Harper should be taking care of ALL CANADIANS, not just the ones in Alberta. I am from PEI and proud of it. I love it here and never plan on leaving. Its time for Canadians to get rid of dictator Harper and get back to a democratic country again where all Canadians have the services out tax dollars are meant to pay for. Cutting everything in east coast provinces to force people to move outwest is not right and not something Canadians should be forced to worry about.

    • BS
      July 31, 2014 - 07:16

      The Ghiz govt is doing nothing to help islanders get jobs & the Ghiz govt is the govt forcing people to move out west for work, due to their lack of caring about islanders. Everyone loves the place where they were born & grew up, but sometimes growing up means having to move away. It isn't always a bad thing. It also means returning 'home' makes it all that much sweeter.

    • disagree
      July 31, 2014 - 14:43

      The problem is the lack of support from the provincial ghiz government. To rely on Federal jobs is nuts. Incentives to bring big business is needed and the provincial liberals have done nothing to addresss this.