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Unemployment inches up in Saskatchewan during July

Saskatchewan sheds 400 jobs in July, pushing up the province’s unemployment rate to 6.6 per cent.
Saskatchewan sheds 400 jobs in July, pushing up the province’s unemployment rate to 6.6 per cent. AP Photo / Alan Diaz

A decline in full-time employment and an increase in the number of people in the workforce pushed Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate up slightly in July.

Statistics Canada reported Friday the province’s unemployment rate last month was 6.6 per cent, up from 6.5 per cent in June.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan’s unemployment rates edges up in June

There were 400 less people working in the province last month as 2,700 full-time jobs were lost. That was offset by a gain of 2,300 part-time positions.

The number of people in the workforce increased by 400 during the month.

On a year-over-year basis, the province lost 1,400 jobs from July 2016 to July 2017, a drop of 0.2 per cent.

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READ MORE: Canada’s unemployment rate drops to 6.3%, lowest since October 2008

Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 per cent, its lowest level in almost nine years.

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