– June 7, 2013

Saskatchewan’s job numbers hit a record in May according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today with 560,900 people employed in the province (seasonally unadjusted). The 560,900 people working in Saskatchewan during May was the highest ever and beats the old record of 549,100 set last August. Job numbers were 2.7 per cent higher than last May and the second highest percentage increase among Canadian provinces. Jobs were up by 1.4 per cent on a national basis.

“With more people working in Saskatchewan than ever before, it is clear that our province is where companies are choosing to invest,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said on behalf of Economy Minister Bill Boyd. “These numbers represent how aggressive industry continues to be in pursuing current and future projects here in the province.”

The unemployment rate in May was 4.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted), the lowest in the country, and well below the 7.1 per cent posted nationally. Regina had the lowest unemployment rate among Canadian cities at 3.6 per cent, while Saskatoon had the second lowest rate at 3.9 per cent.

“The new figures posted today are more than numbers,” McMillan said. “They represent what many of us in Saskatchewan are striving for – a more prosperous province – where landing a great job, pursuing a new business venture is not just a dream, it is actually possible.”

Other highlights include:

  • Saskatchewan’s labour force was 586,900, the highest ever for the month of May;
  • Full-time employment increased by 15,800 on a year-over-year basis and part-time decreased by 1,200;
  • Regina’s employment was up by 8,100 (6.5 per cent), and Saskatoon’s employment was up by 12,000 (8.0 per cent);
  • Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up by 1,100 (2.8 per cent) for four consecutive months of year-over-year increases; and
  • The youth unemployment rate was 10.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted), the second lowest among the provinces and below the national rate of 13.6 per cent.


For more information, contact:

Deb Young Economy Regina Phone: 306-787-4765 Email:

via Prosperity Saskatchewan

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  • “Job numbers were 2.7 per cent higher than last May and the second highest percentage increase among Canadian provinces.” One only needs to do a job search online, or read the classifieds to see there are plenty of jobs available here in Southwest Saskatchewan.

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