December 07, 2018

Highest Rate of Job Growth in Western Canada

Saskatchewan’s year-over-year employment increased by 16,300 jobs in November according, to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey released today.  This is the largest job increase since 2013 and marks the fourth consecutive month of strong job gains for the province.

Saskatchewan had the highest rate of year-over-year job growth in Western Canada at 2.9 per cent, ranking second nationally, behind Prince Edward Island.

Full-time employment increased by 10,200 jobs and part-time increased by 6,100 jobs since this time last year.  On a monthly basis, seasonally adjusted employment increased by 5,500 jobs from October 2018.

“The fourth consecutive month of year-over-year job increases shows a positive trend for our economy,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “In spite of headwinds that our economy faces from outside of our borders, job creators are choosing Saskatchewan as the best province in Western Canada to invest and create jobs in.  Our government will continue to stand up for our province’s economy and resource sector to ensure further growth in order for Saskatchewan to remain the best place in the nation to invest, work, play and to raise a family.”

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5.5 per cent, down from 6.2 per cent in October and below the national average of 5.6 per cent.

Other November highlights include:

  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for health care and social assistance, up 5,700 jobs; educational services up 5,100 jobs; agriculture up 5,000 jobs.
  • Construction saw year-over-year gains of 1,500 jobs (+3.0 per cent) and a month-over-month increase of 300 jobs (+0.6 per cent) seasonally adjusted.
  • Female employment up 6,500 jobs (+2.5 per cent) and male employment up 9,800 jobs (+3.2 per cent).
  • Solid job growth in the private sector with 17,500 more jobs from a year ago (+5.5 per cent).