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Saskatchewan's population now stands at 1,049,701 — including this child born in Prince Albert in October. ((David Shield/CBC))

The province of Saskatchewan continues to post growing population numbers, according to the latest statistics.

As of Oct. 1 a total of 1,049,701 people called Saskatchewan home — an increase of 15,855 from the same day in 2009.

Rob Norris, the minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration, trumpeted the numbers in a news release Wednesday noting the population surge shows sustained growth.

"In the past three and a half years, Saskatchewan has grown by over 50,000," Norris said. "You have to go back decades to find that kind of sustained growth in our province."

The news release did not say if Saskatchewan's population growth was due to more babies being born or new citizens from abroad or other provinces.