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Saskatchewan Leads Nation in February Job Growth | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

In February 2017, 8,000 jobs were created in Saskatchewan (up 1.4 per cent, the highest growth rate in the country).

Nationally, employment was up 15,300 (up 0.1 per cent, seasonally adjusted) from January.

More people were employed in Saskatchewan in February than ever before with 563,600 working in our province.

“Leading the nation in month-over-month job growth is a positive indication that the economy is moving in the right direction,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison.  “This along with recent reports on retail sales growth, manufacturing sales growth and wholesale trade growth show the continued strength and resilience of Saskatchewan’s economy.”

Saskatchewan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent in February, the third lowest among the provinces.  Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.6 per cent.

Other February 2017 highlights include:

  • Employment was up by 8,600 over February 2016.
  • Full time employment was up 3,300 over last year, and part time employment was up 5,300.
  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for trade, up 7,800; professional, scientific and technical services, up 4,800; educational services, up 4,500; and manufacturing up 3,000.
  • Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up 4,400 (10.0 per cent) for eight consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
  • Aboriginal youth employment was up 1,000 (+11.9 per cent) for 10 consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
  • Regina’s employment was up 2,900 (+2.1 per cent), and Saskatoon’s employment was up 1,600 (+1.0 per cent) compared to last February.
  • Youth unemployment rate was 10.3 per cent (seasonally adjusted), second lowest among the provinces, behind British Columbia (8.7 per cent) and below the national rate of 12.4 per cent.

Harrison noted that while the strong employment numbers are very encouraging, Saskatchewan is still facing a challenging fiscal situation due to resource revenues being down well over a billion dollars.

“While our economy is gaining strength, there will still have to be some difficult measures taken in the upcoming budget to address the resource revenue shortfall, to return the budget to balance and to keep Saskatchewan strong,” Harrison said.

Source: Saskatchewan Leads Nation in February Job Growth | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Mayor and Councilors Attending Economic Development Workshop

This year Town Council is working on the creation of a strategic plan to plan for the future needs of our community. One of the most important needs identified in the “Community Needs Assessment” was for Council to focus on economic development. While we need to look for ways to draw new businesses to town, we also need to concentrate on business retention, and expansion requirements of existing businesses.

Myself, Councilors Lavoie, and Haithwaite will be attending a Planning 101 Workshop in Swift Current this Wednesday. The workshop is designed to provide participants with information necessary to facilitate growth and development. I will also be attending a preconference workshop in Saskatoon on May 2nd, 2017 “21st Century Business Retention and Expansion” where I will learn the process of de-signing a Business Retention and Expansion approach to suit the needs of local business in our community. The Saskatchewan Economic Development Association “Creating Intersections for Growth Conference” follows May 3rd and 4th, 2017.

Council will use the information gained through these educational opportunities to plan for the future economic development needs of our community.

Mayor Campbell

Town Council Approves Gull Lake High School Graduate Scholarships

Once again the Town Council is pleased to offer two $500 scholarships to two deserving Gull Lake High School graduates. Students who apply for the scholarships are judged on a variety of criteria with a strong emphasis on community involvement.

The scholarships will be presented at the Gull Lake School Colour Night on Wednesday June 14, 2017.
Mayor Campbell

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