As the economic centre of gravity in Canada shifts west, where do you go to find a job in this country? Downtown Calgary, maybe. Or the oilsands.
How about Saskatchewan?
According to a Statistics Canada report released Friday, the province’s labour market is booming; Saskatchewan currently ties Alberta for the lowest unemployment rate in the country (5 per cent), while payroll jobs increased by 2.8 per cent between January 2011 and January 2012—nearly double the national average. In raw terms, that means there were roughly 12,400 more payroll jobs in Saskatchewan in January of this year than there were 12 months earlier.
Average weekly earnings are also on the rise in the Prairie province, up 2.7 per cent to $907.44 in the 12 months leading up to this January. That’s the third highest out of all the provinces. Since August 2011, weekly earnings in Saskatchewan have been higher than the national average.