The latest numbers released by Statistics Canada show the unemployment rate was down in southeast Saskatchewan for November. The data was included in Friday morning’s release of the Labour Force Survey, which looks at employment nationwide.
The Regina-Moose Mountain Economic Region, which includes Weyburn, Estevan and Regina, had an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in November. This was down from 5.2 percent in October. The drop in the unemployment rate happened despite the region losing 400 jobs in November, as the number of those who were unemployed and actively looking for work dropped as well.
The region outside Regina saw the majority of the loss of jobs, with 1,500 fewer people working in November compared to October. This offset the 1100 more people working in Regina in the month.
Provincially, the unemployment rate, adjusted for seasonality, was up from 4.4 percent to 5.1 percent. Saskatchewan currently has the second lowest unemployment in the country, behind Manitoba. The national unemployment rate was also up, from 5.7 percent to 5.8 percent.
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