June 07, 2019

14,300 More Jobs in May

For the tenth consecutive month Saskatchewan has more people working in the province than it did a year ago.  New employment figures were out today showing there are 14,300 more people working in Saskatchewan than in May of 2018 (unadjusted).  There were 586,100 people employed in May, 2019.

Job growth continues to be largely driven by the private sector which has added 8,900 jobs since May 2018.

“Ten consecutive months of job growth shows that job creators are having continued confidence in our economy,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Our government is committed to ensuring that our economy has the right conditions for growth despite the economic headwinds that Saskatchewan currently faces.”

The unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 per cent in May (seasonally adjusted), down from 6.7 per cent a year ago.  Month-over-month, the unemployment rate was down from 5.4 per cent in April.

Other May highlights:

  • Saskatchewan had record high levels for male and female employment, full-time employment and overall provincial employment;
  • Employment in Regina was up 3,600 and in Saskatoon was up 6,200; and
  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for other services which includes repair and maintenance, personal and laundry services etc., up 3,300; professional, scientific and technical services up 2,700; manufacturing up 2,500 and educational services up 2,500.