The growth in productivity and output for Saskatchewan's business sector slowed in the first decade of this century.

However, the slowdown in this province was not as pronounced as it was in central Canada and the Atlantic Provinces.

That's according to a report today from Statistics Canada.

The study compares growth rates in two periods, from 1997 to 2000, and from 2000 to 2010.

In central Canada, the slowed growth was mostly in manufacturing, while in Saskatchewan it was mostly in mining and oil and gas extraction.