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Stats Can paints rosy picture for Sask. workers

Unemployment rate drops to 3.9 per cent and 22,300 jobs gained year-over-year.
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All growth reported in the latest job numbers is in full-time employment.

REGINA — Job numbers released by Statistics Canada for June 2022 show Saskatchewan added 22,300 jobs, an increase of 3.9 per cent, compared to June 2021.  

All of the growth was in full-time jobs.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.9 per cent in June 2022, the second lowest among the provinces. It was down from 6.6 per cent a year ago, down from 4.8 per cent a month ago, and below the national average of 4.9 per cent. The 3.9 per cent statistic represents the lowest unemployment rate in Saskatchewan since November 2014.

For two consecutive months, several all-time employment records were hit, including overall employment (592,900), female employment (276,300), off-reserve Indigenous employment (67,400), and off-reserve Indigenous full-time employment (55,700).

Year-over-year employment gains were reported for health care and social assistance up 8,200 jobs, construction up 4,000 jobs and accommodation and food services, up 3,400 jobs. Over the same period, the private sector was up 19,000 jobs (+5.8 per cent), female employment increased by 11,300 jobs (+4.3 per cent), and youth (aged 15-24) employment was up by 6,000 jobs (+7.1 per cent).

In June 2022, Saskatchewan's seasonally adjusted employment of 577,800 exceeded its pre-COVID February 2020 employment level of 574,100. 

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