Where are the jobs?
It is said that when something is repeated it will finally be believed.
I think this is the reason why GonziPN keeps repeating the myth about the “20,000 new jobs created during the last four years”. Finance Minister Tonio Fenech reiterated this claim during the launch of GonziPN’s first billboard – a carbon copy of a billboard used in the British 1979 election by the Conservative Party.
Mr Fenech was reported to have said: “The billboard reflected how the government had created 20,000 jobs in the past four years”.
Of course, the minister did not give a breakdown of the 20,000 ‘new’ jobs.
He just assumed that all those listening to him would believe him.
Unfortunately for Mr Fenech, the National Statistics Office pointed out that 9,922 jobs were created between 2008 and 2011.
Of these, only 3,276 were full-time jobs while 6,646 were part-time jobs. Fifty five per cent of those who found part time employment depended on their part-time job for their main source of income.
This is a far cry from the 20,000 ‘new’ jobs being claimed by GonziPN.