Saskatchewan breaks all-time employment record again
SASKATOON – According to Statistics Canada, it didn’t take very long for Saskatchewan to break its own all-time employment record.
For the second straight month, job numbers in the province hit an all-time high, up 8,700 jobs year-over-year compared to June 2013.
In June 2014, there were 576,900 people working in the province; the highest ever.
“The trends have been very positive. We’ve been positive. We’ve been positioned very well in sort of trying economic times across the country,” said Jim Reiter, Saskatchewan minister of government relations.
“We’ve been at or near the top in nearly every economic indicator – the major ones. So, we’re certainly looking to the future in a positive frame of mind.”
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Saskatchewan’s growth rate of 1.5 per cent was the fourth highest among the provinces.
Seasonally adjusted, Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was 3.9 per cent in June, the lowest in Canada for the 18th consecutive month.
On a national basis, unemployment was 7.1 per cent last month.
Full-time employment was up 9,600 on a year-over-year basis, while part-time was down 900.
Stats Can numbers released Friday didn’t include aboriginal unemployment. Reiter expects to see those next week.