The latest data from Statistics Canada, released Friday morning, show the unemployment rate in southeast Saskatchewan falling in June for the third straight month.
The Regina-Moose Mountain Economic Region, which includes Weyburn, Estevan, Regina and surrounding rural areas, had the unemployment rate go from 5.6 percent to 5.2 percent. This was due to 900 more people working in the region.
Those jobs, however, were all in the Regina area. The number of people who were employed outside of the provincial capital in the economic region held steady in June.
The number of people who are part of the labour force, that is employed, or actively seeking employment, declined as well, by 800. This had the participation rate in the labour force fall to 68 percent for the economic region, and to 63.9 percent for the areas outside Regina, the lowest it has been in well over 30 months.
Provincially, the unemployment rate went from 4.8 percent to 3.9 percent. This has Saskatchewan with the second lowest unemployment rate in the country, behind Manitoba.