Unemployment rises in Saskatchewan

While the national unemployment rate has gone down slightly, in Saskatchewan it's up 1.4 percentage points.

9,000 more people unemployed last month, StatsCan says

The unemployment rate is up in Saskatchewan, although the total number of people working is virtually unchanged. (CBC)

While the national unemployment rate has gone down slightly, in Saskatchewan it's up 1.4 percentage points.

Joblessness stood at 5.5 per cent last month, compared to 4.1 per cent a year earlier.

According to Statistics Canada's monthly labour force survey, the province still has the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

Canada-wide, the February rate was 7.2 per cent, compared to 7.4 per cent in February 2014.

The number of people working in Saskatchewan is virtually unchanged, but there are 9,000 more people unemployed comparing February to February.

All numbers are seasonally unadjusted.

Like other provinces with oil and gas industries, Saskatchewan has been hurting from low commodity prices in recent months. There have been numerous anecdotal accounts of layoffs in the oil patch and related industries in the cities. 


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