August 09, 2019

A Year of Strong Job Growth for Saskatchewan

According to a report issued today by Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan rose by 12,200 jobs in July, compared to July 2018. The 2.1 per cent increase marks 12 consecutive months of year-over-year job increases.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment was 5.4 per cent last month, down from 6.5 per cent in July 2018. The unemployment rate was the third lowest among provinces and below the national average of 5.7 per cent.

Private sector jobs increased by 6,300 jobs. Major year-over-year gains were reported for accommodation and food services, up 6,400 jobs; agriculture up 3,600 jobs; and health care and social assistance up 2,900 jobs.

“Despite the external headwinds our province faces, Saskatchewan’s economy continues to demonstrate strength and resilience,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “A year of consistent job growth helps ensure Saskatchewan remains the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Other July highlights include:

  • All-time historical highs were set for working-age population (889,600) and labour force (621,700).
  • Regina’s employment was up by 3,600 jobs (+2.5 per cent), and Saskatoon’s employment was up by 3,700 jobs (+2.1 per cent) compared to last July.
  • Female employment was up by 3,800 jobs (+1.5 per cent) and male employment was up 8,500 jobs (+2.7 percent) compared to last July.
  • Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up 1,600 jobs (+3.4 per cent) year-over-year.