Muskrat Falls employment went up in May

Derek Montague
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Nearly 700 Labrador residents employed

The latest numbers from Muskrat Falls are out.
According to Nalcor, 2051 people were employed through the mega project during May 2014. Of that number, 1,803 — or 88 per cent — were Newfoundland and Labrador residents.

The report also states employment for Labradorians continue to rise. In May, 688 Labrador residents — 324 of which are members of an Aboriginal group — held jobs that were available through the project in Labrador, which equaled 46 per cent of the total workforce. Newfoundlanders, meanwhile, held 681 of those jobs.

In comparison, there were 548 Labradorians employed locally in April, making up 43.4 per cent of the workforce. Newfoundlanders, during that same month, held 589 of those jobs.

Out of the 2051 workers, 341 were women, which is approximately 17 per cent of all employees.

Job creation for Labradorians has been a controversial topic since the project began in January 2013. People in the Big Land have been promised a Labrador-first hiring policy where the Innu have first priority, followed by other qualified Labradorians, and then qualified residents on the Island.

The issue came to a head in February 2014, when approximately 20 people blocked off a portion of the Trans Labrador Highway, claiming that they couldn’t get a job with any of the contractors. The protest temporary prevented Muskrat Falls employees from entering the work site.

 

Below is the percentage of Labrador jobs held by Labrador residents for the first 17 months of the Muskrat Falls project.

• May 2014 — 46.2 per cent;

• April 2014 — 43.4 per cent;

• March 2014 — 42.2 per cent;

• February 2014 — 40.6 per cent;

• January 2014 — 39.4 per cent;

• December 2013 — 39.9 per cent;

• November 2013 — 40.3 per cent;

• October 2013 — 41.8 per cent;

• September 2013 — 41.2 per cent;

• August 2013 — 39.8 per cent;

• July 2013 — 38.3 per cent;

• June 2013 — 40.3 per cent;

• May 2013 — 36.4 per cent;

• April 2013 — 37.6 per cent;

• March 2013 — 34.2 per cent;

• February 2013 — 30.8 per cent; and

• January 2013 — 30.2 per cent.

 

Below is the total number of Labrador residents employed in Labrador for each of the first 17 months of the Muskrat Falls project.

• May 2014 — 688

• April 2014 — 548;

• March 2014 — 494;

• February 2014 — 401;

• January 2014 — 303;

• December 2013 — 377;

• November 2013 — 435;

• October 2013 — 463;

• September 2013 — 462;

• August 2013 — 388;

• July 2013 — 321;

• June 2013 — 289;

 

• May 2013 — 228;

 

• April 2013 — 199;

 

• March 2013 — 173;

 

• February 2013 — 145; and

 

 • January 2013 — 115.

 

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

Organizations: Trans Labrador Highway

Geographic location: Labrador

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