"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Census - Initial observation

Between 2006 and 2011, the census population of Newfoundland and Labrador increased by 9,067.

The population of the St. John's metro area increased by 15,853, offsetting a population decline in the rest of the province of 6,786.

In totally unrelated news, since the 2006 census of population was carried out, the provincial government direct civil service, provincial health boards, provincial school boards, the post-secondary educational institutions, and provincial crown corporations have added about 8,200 people to the public payroll.

[Source: CANSIM table 183-0002, 12-month trailing average]

Three guesses as to where most of that hiring binge has physically taken place.

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At 3:17 PM, February 09, 2012 , Blogger Crescent Lake said...

Mr. McLean, it is obvious that the provincial PC's, like their Conservative cousins in Ottawa, went on a hiring spree attached to their respective provincial and federal capitals, Shame on both levels of government for hiring so close to home if, indeed, they needed to hire all of these new people to begin with.

It seems that they equate additional public service hirings to prop up their public image as being good for the economy. Is this the infrastructure investments Tom Marshall and the Premier keep talking about. It means more growth in large urban areas but doesn't put decent water and sewer lines in our towns nor good highways across the province.


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