One month does not make a trend, but the figures for employment in Saskatchewan in January were headed in a new direction.
The monthly tally on job numbers prepared by StatsCan is built from a survey.
They contact a group across the country, ask about their employment status and then build a report on the findings. So, it can have some anomalies now and then.
And we might need another month of two to determine whether the January numbers for us were the anomaly or a new trend.
The report’s highlights look this:
- The unemployment rate went down a full percentage point as the labour pool declined by 6,000 – which usually means they gave up or moved – while the number holding employment went up by 1,100. And it was all full-time work. Part-time fell by more than 5,000 and full-time went up 6,000. These are big changes.
- We also saw an increase in the number of people in Saskatchewan who fell into the working age category. So, generally this was a very upbeat report as it amounted to an increase of 7,000 people with a job.