A CANADIAN STUDY ON MILITARY SPENDING and job creation confirms what studies in the United States have been showing for some time-ie. military spending on goods and services is one of the least efficient means of job creation. The study, commissioned by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and written by Toby Sanger of Dalhousie University, shows that 111,000 more jobs would have been created during fiscal year 1983-84 if the money spent by the Department of National Defence had been available for consumer spending instead. The accompanying table indicates the jobs per $1 billion created in 1983-84 in each of nine areas.
JOBS CREATED BY ONE BILLION DOLLARS EXPENDITURE (1983$)
1983-84 DND spending 22,000
Road and highway construction 37,000
Residential construction 38,000
Consumer spending 39,000
Hospital services 51,000
Education and related services 54,000
Radio and TV broadcasting 55,000
Urban transit systems 87,000
Post office 90,000
Peace Magazine Oct-Nov 1986, page 46. Some rights reserved.
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