I have picked up a few figures recently that are relative to considering who has the proper view on this matter, and I think it is significant given the times. This is just a mini snapshot perhaps of a much greater picture, but I am curious how people see this overall.
Firstly, N.B. has a population of approx. 729,000. Secondly, they have 47,000 Provincial civil servants including nurses and teachers. Wages alone for the civil service consume 40% of New Brunswick budget. The best estimate I can find at the moment indicates there are roughly 350,000 people with jobs in N.B. Those figures include a youngster working 5 hours a week for a burger joint and a paper boy who receives a cheque for his services. Even short term work, that only lasts days or weeks gets counted, so the real figure of substantial jobs is difficult to nail down. I went searching this a.m. and employment statistics from Gov. of Canada websites are not currently available. Down for maintanence apparently. Ooops!
The next consideration would be the amount of Federal and Municipal Civil Servants in this area. We are quite heavily slanted with the Federal variety as the God's in Ottawa have been kind to us in that regard. I don't know the numbers, but I know they are significant. I think it wouldn't be too far off the mark to assume Fed and Municipal would equal the Provincial numbers, and that would bring the total to somewhere around 100,000. Real full time jobs are probably somewhere in the 200 to 250,000 range. That is just an estimate, but you see where I'm going with this?
If you can dig up hard figures anywhere, please post them as I'm trying to get a reasonably accurate view of this.