Saskatchewan captured the headlines in the monthly employment report that came out Friday.
When StatsCan issued its month-end update, it flagged Saskatchewan’s performance and noted job numbers here went up slightly – 2,500 more than in September – while the rest of the country was largely unchanged. So we were the only ones with a notable shift.
That 2,500 figure represented roughly a quarter of all the job growth for the year, as we saw 9,600 new positions created since October 2017.
Two-thirds of the new jobs we saw in the past year were full-time positions, according to the report, which also saw the unemployment rate decline even though the size of the workforce increased. And so did the estimate of our population, which saw roughly 6,600 new residents in the working age category in the past year.
All of this paints a relatively solid picture of our labour marketplace as we have a growing talent pool and employers are creating more positions to accommodate the additional population.