The latest unemployment figures from Statistics Canada were released Friday morning, and the unemployment rate for Saskatchewan increased in April. This included a jump in southeast Saskatchewan.
The unemployment rate for the Regina-Moose Mountain economic region, which includes Weyburn, Estevan and Regina, was reported at 5.9 percent. This is up from 5.0 percent in March. The increase comes with 700 fewer people working.
The number of people working in the region outside of the Regina census metropolitan area was down by 700, making up the difference between March and April for the entire region. This change, however, is a seasonal one, seen most years, with job losses primarily in construction and the natural resource sector, which includes oil and gas. There were some job gains, particularly in real estate, accommodation and food services, and transportation and warehousing.
Provincially, Saskatchewan saw the unemployment rate go from 5.0 percent to 5.5 percent. The increase puts the province in the middle of the pack nationally, with the province being one of three to see an increase in the unemployment rate.
Nationally, the unemployment rate was slightly down in April. It fell from 5.3 percent to 5.2 percent.