Worrying trend shows B.C. women continue to be disproportionately affected by pandemic job losses

SURREY (December 4, 2020) – Stephanie Cadieux, the newly-appointed BC Liberal Critic for Gender Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion is raising alarm bells as the job numbers released from Statistics Canada today continue to show women are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is alarming that while men saw most of the job gains last month, women over the age of 25 actually lost jobs in November,” said Cadieux. “Women are bearing the brunt of job losses and yet the NDP seems content to sit and watch this trend worsen, without any action to help them get back into the workplace.”

Nearly all of the job gains seen in November were among men aged 25 and over, while employment among women over 25 fell by 4,000 jobs.

“All British Columbians, and especially women, cannot afford to wait any longer for the NDP to deliver a real job creation plan,” concluded Cadieux. “Not only have the NDP delayed economic recovery for two months with an unnecessary pandemic election, but they also continue to delay any economic update on the state of B.C.’s finances. We need a robust plan now to help women re-enter the workforce – a plan that includes immediate investment in childcare programs as well as supports for small businesses and tourism operators. It’s time for this government to get serious about getting people back to work.”

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