Job numbers still a good sign: McMillan


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September 16, 2014 10:31 AM

Unemployment in the province went up one per cent in the month of August

Saskatchewan has once again been named the province with the lowest unemployment in Canada, according to Statistics Canada August numbers that were released earlier this month.

Lloydminster MLA Tim McMillan said that is good news for the province and for the government as it indicates that the government is moving the province forward.

“For me, as someone who has grown up in Saskatchewan for most of his life, where Saskatchewan was shedding jobs – and our best and brightest minds to jobs in other places – it’s good now to see that for the 20 consecutive months where Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate in the country,” he said.

While up from the numbers last year, Saskatchewan is sitting lowest in the country with a unemployment rate of just over four per cent with 4.2, up from the July’s 3.2 per cent.

The national average, as of Sept. 5, was seven per cent unemployment. “It’s a time for opportunity that our province hasn’t seen in a generation,” McMillan said.

In the release that Statistics Canada put out, employment dropped in key sectors across the province, which caused the increase in unemployment throughout the province.

“In August, employment fell among youths aged 15 to 24 and women aged 25 to 54. At the same time, it increased among men aged 25 to 54,” the report said.

“There were fewer people employed in wholesale and retail trade, as well as transportation and warehousing. There were gains in construction, in professional, scientific and technical services and in public administration.”

McMillan said that there is one thing that can be taken out of August’s employment numbers and that is that Saskatchewan still in the place where people want to come.

“It’s not that Saskatchewan has the lowest unemployment in the country, but the workforce has responded,” he said. “We had 6,000 more people enter the work force in the province of Saskatchewan, so not only is the opportunities hanging out there but people are moving to Saskatchewan to build these opportunities to find better lives for their families, and work here,”

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