News Release - January 28, 2010
ANOTHER EARNINGS INCREASE FOR SASKATCHEWAN WORKERS
Average Weekly Earnings for Saskatchewan Workers Have Reached Another All-time High
Saskatchewan's average weekly earnings for November 2009 were $816.31, an increase of 1.4 per cent over the previous year. Among all provinces, Saskatchewan ranks fourth - behind Alberta ($967.00) and Ontario ($856.57) and Newfoundland and Labrador ($823.79). November marks the third consecutive month of record earnings in Saskatchewan.
"This continued trend of increased earnings is another sign of the relative strength of Saskatchewan's economy," Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris said. "More Saskatchewan people are working than a year ago, and earning more than ever before."
Saskatchewan recorded a percentage increase of 0.2 per cent in the number of occupied payroll jobs in November 2009 compared to a year ago, well above the national average of -2.2 per cent and the second highest among all provinces (tied with Newfoundland and Labrador). All other provinces had year-over-year decreases, except Prince Edward Island, which recorded an increase (1.6 per cent).
"Despite these positive numbers, we know that some Saskatchewan employers and workers are struggling," Norris said. "Our Can-Sask Career and Employment offices offer key programs and services that support training and development and retention of our workers."
Norris also pointed to the SaskJobs.ca website as a sign that opportunities are available.
"Over the past year, 6.9 million visitors browsed more than 102,000 jobs posted to SaskJobs," Norris said. "Right now, more than 5,300 opportunities are available to job seekers in every corner of the province."
Norris said Saskatchewan is expected to post strong economic growth in 2010. A new report released today by CIBC World Markets forecasts Saskatchewan to lead the country with three per cent economic growth in 2010.
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