Stats Canada released the unemployment numbers for May on Friday.
The numbers show the unemployment rate in Saskatchewan standing at 6.3 percent, the fourth lowest among the provinces and below the national rate of 6.6 percent.
The Wall government issued a release saying thee were 1300 more jobs in Saskatchewan compared to May of 2016 with Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison saying “Over the past four months we have seen positive job growth in the province. While our labour market is showing strength and resilience, other economic indicators demonstrate momentum such as wholesale trade, urban housing starts, manufacturing sales, merchandise exports and retail sales. A recent forecast by the Conference Board of Canada suggests our economy this year will have one of the highest growth rates in the country, in part due to our economy’s diversification.”
The provincial NDP on the other hand says Saskatchewan was one of only two provinces to have rising unemployment with 3200 more people looking for work this year than last.
“Instead of investing in training, creating jobs, and diversifying the economy, the Sask. Party has thrown people out of work with their callous cuts, desperate sell-offs, and unfair tax hikes that have hurt job-creating small businesses and industries,” said NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon. “The Sask. Party have already cut close to a thousand jobs in health care, education and social assistance, but more job losses are coming and the Sask. Party’s cuts are still growing.”
In May of 2016, 35,800 Saskatchewan people were looking for work. That number rose to 39,000 by May of 2017. During the same period, the unemployment rate rose from 5.8 per cent to 6.3 per cent. Wotherspoon noted that those numbers will continue to rise with the 224 people thrown out of work by the Sask. Party’s sell-off of STC and the hundreds of other workers whose jobs have been put on the chopping block by the Sask. Party.