Saskatchewan's employment rate at an all-time high for the fifth straight year
In 2007, employment increased by 2.1% in Saskatchewan, pushing the employment rate up to 66.8%, the highest level in three decades. The employment rate rose 8.6 percentage points from 1976 to 2007 and is now the second-highest in Canada. From 2002 to 2007, the average hourly wage climbed by an average of 3.7% a year, the second-fastest growth rate in the country after Alberta (+4.5%).
Employment in Saskatchewan continued to rise, a trend that began in 2002. From 2002 to 2007, job growth was concentrated in construction, trade, mining, oil and gas extraction; health care and social assistance; and professional, scientific and technical services.
Employment in agriculture has been declining since the early 1980s in Saskatchewan. Agriculture accounted for 25.3% of the province's employment in 1976, compared with just 8.7% in 2007. The job losses in the industry are partly due to higher agricultural productivity and better opportunities in other lines of work.
The unemployment rate in Saskatchewan averaged 4.2% in 2007, its lowest level since 1979. It was down 0.5 percentage points from 2006. The province has consistently had a lower unemployment rate than the national average and one of the lowest provincial rates.
Employment rates in Saskatchewan, 1976 to 2007
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0002.
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