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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Saskatchewan has the highest employment rate in Canada, including 2,500 more aboriginal people working

As job growth slows across the country, there were 14,800 more people working in Saskatchewan in November 2008 than in November 2007, according to Statistics Canada data released Friday. This number includes 2,500 more aboriginal people working in Saskatchewan year over year.

That's an increase of 2.9 per cent - the second-highest growth rate in the country and almost five times the national average of 0.6 per cent.

Saskatchewan has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada at 3.2 per cent.

"We are pleased to enter the holiday season with continuing growth in our employment rate," said Labour Minister Rob Norris. "We can celebrate our strong work force and stable economy as we move into a new year."

Statistics Canada recently reported that workers in the province are also earning more. The average earnings of a payroll employee were $764.93 per week in November 2008. This is an increase of 4.1 per cent compared to November 2007, and well above the national average of 3.3 per cent.

"There are still many great job opportunities available in Saskatchewan," Norris said. "This morning, there were more than 7,400 job postings listed on www.saskjobs.ca. Our government will continue working hard to ensure there are plenty of great opportunities for everyone who wants to call Saskatchewan home."

You can read more on the Saskatchewan boom in “Go West, young man -- but stop before the Alberta border; Saskatchewan is booming.”

Posted by Matthew Johnston on December 7, 2008 in Canadian Provincial Politics | Permalink


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