A strong labour market in Saskatchewan has more people looking for work. That’s just one element of the story contained in Friday’s monthly employment picture update.
The StatsCan report says the province had its ninth consecutive increase in employment numbers. And they’ve all be full-time jobs, as part-time positions are declining.
Compared to April of last year, Saskatchewan had almost 15,000 more people earning a paycheque. And this strength has encouraged people who had withdrawn from the labour pool to start looking again. The number of people holding or looking for a job rose by 9,300.
When you crunch those numbers, it means unemployment went up. That is actually an encouraging sign because so did the employment rate. That means more people are encouraged enough about the market they have decided to look for a job after opting out.
Perhaps the most significant figure in the report is that part-time positions were being replaced by full-time work. Part-time fell by 4,000 spots and full-time grew by 18,000 in the past 12 months.