Nova Scotia Journal

Construction boom unable to push Cape Breton’s relentless jobless rate

Nova Scotia

Key takeaways: 

  • Officials say Cape Breton’s unemployment rate is generally double N.S. Provincial average.
  • A burst of construction at the provincial hospital and the new community college campus in downtown Sydney, N.S., has been unable to dent Cape Breton’s high jobless rate. 

With new hospital facilities, renovation projects on the go, and a Nova Scotia Community College campus in downtown Sydney, construction, is booming with projects worth almost $1 billion in Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

You might think that burst of activity would dent the island’s stubbornly high jobless rate. Still, it is stuck at more than double the regional average, historically about where it usually sits. Now a business group is looking at ways to get that down.

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With new hospital facilities, renovation projects on the go, and a Nova Scotia Community College campus in downtown Sydney, construction, is booming with projects worth almost $1 billion in Cape Breton Regional Municipality

David Campbell, president of Jupia Consultants and the Cape Breton Partnership employed to work on a financial development plan for CBRM, said the island’s unemployment rate could be misleading because jobs are available.

“Now, it might not be the position you want that’s aligned with your talents and interests and education, but right now, only about anybody looking for work in the CBRM should be able to find a job,” he said.

Source – cbc.ca

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