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Employment gains reach 45-year high in Saskatchewan

DCN-JOC News Services
Employment gains reach 45-year high in Saskatchewan

REGINA — The Government of Saskatchewan is touting the second highest employment rate in Canada as the province sees its largest increase in 45 years.

Annual labour force figures show Saskatchewan had 576,800 people employed in 2022, an increase of 18,600 people or 3.3 per cent from 2021 and the second largest increase since record keeping started in 1976, states a news release.

The province writes it is on track to reach its goal of 100,000 new jobs by 2030.

Saskatchewan has the second highest labour participation rate at 67.2 per cent and the second highest employment rate at 64.1 per cent. Unemployment sits at 4.6 per cent compared to the national average of 5.3 per cent.

Off-reserve Indigenous people in Saskatchewan employment reached 63,000, an all-time high.

The largest employment gains were in the Saskatoon, Regina and Yorkton-Melville areas, states the release.

Construction saw a year-over-year increase of 1,400 people.

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