April 07, 2017

2,000 Jobs Created in March

There were 2,000 jobs created in March 2017 in Saskatchewan when compared with March 2016.

“Saskatchewan’s economy is strong and resilient and the job numbers today are an encouraging sign,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “March was the second consecutive month with year-over-year job creation.  This news combined with recent announcements including Brandt Manufacturing’s expansion to Saskatoon, G3’s new grain elevators, and Grain Millers expanding its plant in Yorkton, are signs that our economy is moving forward.”

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent in March, third lowest among the provinces, unchanged from February and down 0.2 percentage points from last March.  Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.7 per cent.

Other March 2017 highlights include:

  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for trade up 6,900; professional, scientific and technical services up 6,000; manufacturing up 3,700.
  • Full-time employment was up 6,000 while part-time employment decreased 4,100.
  • Regina’s employment was up 4,300 and Saskatoon was up 1,100.
  • Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up 4,100 (9.4 per cent) for nine consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
  • Youth unemployment rate was 10.8 per cent (seasonally adjusted), third lowest among the provinces and below the national rate of 12.8 per cent.