The challenges with Statistics Canada’s job numbers don’t want to go away. The latest figures were released on Friday showing Saskatchewan with one of the strongest performances in the country – generating 8,300 new positions in the past month. So, first the monthly number. For several months now we’ve been getting erratic or big swings on a month-to-month basis – certainly bigger swings than you’d expect in this economy. A gain of 8,300 in June, a reduction of 2.100 in May, 4,900 fewer in April and an increase of 4.200 in March….thousands of jobs coming and going each month. And, all the while the year-over-year figure remains almost unchanged… suggesting the survey tool being used to collect this data is getting distorted. But if we accept the figures for last month, we saw positives all over the place. Not only did we create 8,300 new jobs, the biggest gain in half a decade, full-time was up 12,000 and part-time declined. The overall labor pool – that’s the number of people available for work – rose by 6,000 and the unemployment rate fell by half a percentage point.