The overall Canadian labour market was stuck in neutral last month as a solid employment gain in the services sector was wiped out by job losses in the goods-producing industry, especially manufacturing.
Statistics Canada says the national unemployment rate for April remained unchanged at 7.1-percent.
Overall, the country lost 2,100 jobs nationally – a number Statistics Canada considers to be close to zero.
But Alberta’s woes persisted as it lost 20,800 positions in April – the most of any province.
The province has been hit hard by low oil prices and it’s now contending with the monstrous wildfire.
Regina’s unemployment rate is now at 5.4, up from 5.0-percent last month and Saskatoon stands at 7.1-percent – which is also up from 6.4.
The provincial outlook in Saskatchewan shows a gradual increase to 6.3-percent from 6.2.