January 10, 2020

10,400 New Jobs Created In 2019

Saskatchewan Saw A Year Of Strong Job Growth In 2019

According to new Statistics Canada data, Saskatchewan saw an increase of 10,400 jobs, or 1.8 per cent, from 2018 to 580,400 jobs.  More than half of that job growth is due to full-time jobs.

Saskatchewan’s annual unemployment rate was the fourth lowest among provinces at 5.4 per cent and remained below the national rate of 5.7 per cent in 2019.

“In spite of external headwinds, the creation of 10,400 jobs in 2019 is an indication that Saskatchewan has a robust, diverse and growing economy,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Saskatchewan’s growth plan set an ambitious target of 100,000 new jobs by 2030, last year’s job growth shows that this target is reachable and well on its way of being met.”

December 2019 also marked the 17th consecutive month of job growth on a year-over-year basis.

In December 2019, there were 579,900 people employed, an increase of 6,700 jobs over December 2018.  Saskatchewan’s monthly unemployment rate was 5.7 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in December 2019, down from 5.8 per cent in November 2019.

Other December 2019 highlights:

  • Record highs for the month of December for labour force (612,000 persons), employment (579,900 jobs), full-time employment (470,000 jobs) and female employment (269,300 jobs);
  • Off-reserve Aboriginal employment increased by 4,400 jobs (+9.8 per cent) and Aboriginal youth employment was up 3,200 jobs (+45.1 per cent);
  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for information, culture and recreation up 3,500 jobs; accommodation and food services up 3,500 jobs; and manufacturing up 3,100 jobs; and
  • Female employment was up 3,100 jobs (+1.2 per cent) and youth employment up 1,500 jobs (+2.1 per cent) compared to last December.