News Release - January 8, 2010
SASKATCHEWAN CREATES MORE JOBS IN 2009 THAN ANY OTHER PROVINCE
Unemployment rate remains lowest in Canada
In the face of global economic upheaval, Saskatchewan saw an average of 7,800 more people working in 2009 than in 2008. The province's average employment growth rate for the year (1.5 per cent) was the highest in the country, well above the national average (-1.6 per cent).
There were 518,600 people working in Saskatchewan in December 2009 - an increase of 2,600 over a year ago. Canada as a whole lost 184,000 jobs over the same period.
For the seventh consecutive month, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate (4.8 per cent) is the lowest in Canada - well below the national average of 8.5 per cent. Saskatoon (4.6 per cent) and Regina (4.9 per cent) continue to lead all major cities, ranking first and second respectively.
"While 2009 was a challenging year for workers and employers across North America, Saskatchewan is well-placed to lead Canada in the recovery," Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris said. "Our population has grown, our economy has created jobs and our workers are earning more than ever."
Norris noted the valuable efforts of the province's Rapid Response Teams who, with federal partners, assist Saskatchewan workers and employers through difficult times.
"More than 1,900 workers are currently enrolled in the federal work-sharing program, with more than 1,200 layoffs averted," Norris said. "We also saw record traffic on saskjobs.ca, with more than 6.9 million visitors browsing 102,000 jobs posted over the year."
Norris also pointed to the 4,400 opportunities currently on saskjobs.ca as a sign that opportunities are still available.
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