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TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 22, 2014) – New research shows that Hudak’s proposed cuts of 100,000 public sector jobs would have devastating effects across the province and lead to skyrocketing unemployment rates for many communities.

The job cuts will introduce new and substantial threats to cities, such as London and Ottawa, which will face an estimated 7,116 and 11,159 job losses respectively, propelling them toward worsened economic outlooks. In other communities already hit hard by the recent recession, the cuts will deepen economic hardship by driving unemployment up by 2.5 percent in Niagara and 2.4 percent in Windsor.

Badly hit will be Peterborough with estimated job losses of 2,057. This would drive the unemployment rate up by 3.2 percentage points to 14.8 percent, based on the latest unemployment figures. Kingston would suffer estimated job cuts and losses of 3,333, pushing its unemployment rate up to 10.2 percent; and Thunder Bay would lose 2,460 jobs, driving unemployment up to 9.6 percent.

“This research points to the danger of Hudak’s brash schemes. Especially in smaller- and medium-sized communities outside Toronto, economies and peoples’ futures will be seriously threatened; it will take years to recover,” warned OFL President Sid Ryan.

“Hudak’s plan will devastate families and communities that are already struggling,” said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “They’ll mean more hospital bed closures and fewer supports in schools for children. They will mean longer wait lists for vital public services such as child care, developmental services and long-term care beds. We need more jobs and public services, not Hudak’s cuts.”

For an interactive map showing how the job cuts will affect your communicy, follow this link