The stats are out, and they show Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate continues to rise.
The province’s unemployment rate during the month of May climbed to 6.8%, a half percent increase from the 6.3% rate in April. This gives Saskatchewan the highest unemployment rate of all the western provinces.
NDP jobs critic Vicki Mowat said this shows Saskatchewan has the worst job growth in Canada.
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“As a matter of fact, I think it’s improper to call it growth,” she said. “We’re actually in the negative. We have 7300 fewer people with the May job numbers.”
Mowat said the lack of growth can be attributed to many things, including the government not acknowledging the lack of growth being an issue, which she stated has some sectors very badly.
“One of the cuts that I can point to is in the construction industry,” noted Mowat. “So, if you look at the job numbers for May, the sector lost 4800 jobs in May compared to a year ago.”
The increased unemployment rate in construction, said Mowat, can be tied to PST increase on construction contracts.
In response, the Sask. Party government issued a statement, saying they’ll continue to advocate for pipeline construction and improved rail movement, which will increase investment and jobs in Saskatchewan.