A surge of activity in the construction industry is being noted for a recent jump in employment figures in Saskatchewan.

New figures, released Friday by the provincial government, show an additional 10,400 people were working, compared to a year ago.

That brings the total number of workers to 546,300, the most ever recorded.

The numbers are from May of 2011 and May of 2012 and the increase works out to 1.9 per cent.

Saskatchewan, along with Alberta, continue to note the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

Both provinces have an unemployment rate of 4.5 per cent. The national average is 7.3 per cent.

Also noted in Friday's news release was Regina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.9 per cent, the lowest among major Canadian cities.

Saskatoon's jobless rate is 5.6 per cent.