The government of Saskatchewan has released the March job growth stats.
In a release, the province stated over 4000 news jobs were created in March, a 0.7% increase in comparison to February, a stat they note is the highest increase (percentage and overall) amongst Canadian provinces.
Christa Ross, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister for the Immigration, Employment and Development Division, spoke about the numbers, noting as a result, several of Saskatchewan’s key sectors experienced growth in their employee base.
“We saw growth in mining, oil and gas,” she said. “In the oil and gas extraction industry, and as well as support activities in mining, oil and gas extraction.”
Ross also noted growth was detected in the agriculture sector as well.
However, NDP Critic Vicki Mowat stated those numbers don’t tell the whole story. While she recognizes the job growth rate has increased, it hasn’t grown that much.
“We have one of the slowest rates of job growth in the country at 0.3% percent,” she said. “We’re the slowest outside of Newfoundland and that’s a year to year increase.”
Mowat also was quick to point out there’s also been many job lost, in no small part due to the PST hike.
“We’ve seen it hurting the construction industry, the food services industry with these most recent numbers, 1100 jobs lost compared to last year in the food service industry.”