According to a report released by Statistics Canada, year-over-year job growth in Saskatchewan continues to rise. In August 2019, employment was up 13,000 jobs from August 2018.
Full-time employment increased by 4,300 jobs and part-time employment increased by 8,800 jobs. This marks the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year job increases. Month-to-month employment also rose by 2,800 jobs from July 2019.
“Saskatchewan continues to see steady job creation in spite of headwinds created outside our province,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. We will keep standing up for our province against policies that threaten our economy and the jobs of Saskatchewan people, and continue our efforts to diversify export markets for Saskatchewan goods and products.”
The unemployment rate in the province dropped to 5.1 per cent in August (seasonally adjusted), down from 6.6 per cent a year ago and 5.4 per cent last month. Saskatchewan had the third lowest unemployment rate in the country, below the national average of 5.7 per cent.
Other August highlights:
• All-time records were set in August for the working-age population (890,200), labour force (625,700).
• Major year-over-year gains were reported for accommodation and food services up 4,400 jobs; manufacturing up 3,400 jobs; professional, scientific and technical services up 3,200 jobs;
• Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up 3,800 jobs (+8.2 per cent) for the second consecutive month of year-over-year increases; and
• Private sector jobs up 6,200 (+1.8 per cent).