I’ve always been a guy that used numbers to make a point. Almost every one of my Brunswick News columns going back 15+ years now are built around a specific data point. When I started my career in the early 1990s I was hired to use numbers to make the case for companies to invest in New Brunswick. I remember pouring through Census data at the UNB library -all in paper form - hundreds and hundreds of pages of data - all to find a few nuggets of joy. New Brunswick had the lowest labour turnover among the 10 provinces. The number of days lost per year to absenteeism was 20% lower than the national average. The labour market participation rate was 10 percentage points below the national level meaning a surplus of labour awaiting companies looking for a place to set up a new factory.
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