Jobs up in Regina, down in Saskatoon
There are 2,500 more people working in Saskatchewan than a year ago, but not all areas of the province have improved, according to new job statistics.
Regina employment is up, while Saskatoon jobs are down.
According to Statistics Canada data made public Friday, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May for Saskatchewan was 5 per cent, and like the previous month, it was the lowest rate in the country.
In Alberta, the May unemployment rate was 5.4 per cent while in Manitoba, it was 5.3 per cent.
Nationally, the unemployment rate for May was 7.4 per cent.
Job growth has been strong in Regina, with a year-over-year increase of 3,000 jobs, the province said in a news release.
However, the New Democrats pointed out that other regions of the province lost jobs over the past year. In the Saskatoon-Biggar area, employment was down 3.1 per cent. In the Swift Current-Moose Jaw region, it was down 1.3 per cent. In Yorkton-Melville, it was down 1.7 per cent.
Meanwhile, in the Prince Albert-northern Saskatchewan region, year-to-year employment went up 2.9 per cent, according to the May statistics.