It was a bit of a roller coaster ride – with some ups and some downs through the course of the year – but Saskatchewan ended the year basically where it started when counting the number of people with a job in the province.
The year-end employment picture was released Friday. It showed Saskatchewan added 5,000 jobs from November to December. That is a big jump by our standards and the breakdown is different than what we’re accustomed to seeing.
Full-time job numbers fell by 1,100 while part-time rose by 6,100. That gave us a net of 5,000 but the shift towards part-time was noticeable.
And when you compare it to the same time a year ago, it is almost unchanged, shifting only one-tenth of a point.
The breakdown also shows that more people are entering the work force, whether that is new arrivals or people who had stopped looking now on the hunt once again.
As a result of more people seeking a job, the unemployment rate went up, but so did the employment rate as the overall labour pool increased by 8,000 individuals.