Not much changed in the province last month when it came to employment.

The Government of Saskatchewan released an update on job numbers for the month of April, and for the most part, the statistics remained about the same when compared to April of 2016.

Last month, 560,100 people were working in Saskatchewan, which was unchanged from a year ago. The unemployment rate slightly increased to 6.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted), up 0.2 percentage points from March.

One statistic did change for Saskatchewan when comparing March and April. The province had the third lowest unemployment percentage during March when stacked against the other provinces. In April, Saskatchewan bumped up to the fourth lowest unemployment rating in April, only behind British Columbia (5.5%), Manitoba (5.4%), and Ontario (5.8%). Quebec was close with 6.6 per cent.

Nationally, unemployment was recorded at 6.5 per cent in April.

“We are still feeling the impact of low resource prices, but job numbers are steady with last year’s which is good news,” explained Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison.  “Steady job numbers, along with recent positive economic indicators including wholesale trade, retail sales, and manufacturing sales are on the up-swing which is definitely encouraging.”

Youth unemployment decreased in April to 10.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted), the second lowest among the provinces. Unemployment among youth was set at nearly 11 per cent during March 2017.

Other statistics from the report:

  • Youth unemployment in Canada was 11.7 per cent.
  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for trade up 5,900; professional, scientific and technical services up 5,000; manufacturing up 3,100.


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