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Low-paying jobs fuel east coast growth

Published by Steve Coleman on December 20, 2011

There's been some growth in job creation in Atlantic Canada in the last decade, but most of that has been in low-wage jobs a new study says.

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council says the region created 42,000 new jobs between 2001 and 2010 paying less than the $40,000 figure used as the dividing line between high and low-paying work.

By comparison, public sector expansion helped create 11,000 new high-paying jobs in eastern Canada.

The study's authors say New Brunswick took the biggest hit in the last decade, losing 10,300 manufacturing jobs as several mills turning trees into lumber and paper shut their doors for good.

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