The unemployment rate in southeast Saskatchewan was up in January. The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show the region lost 200 jobs.
The rate moved from 4.9 per cent in December to 5.2, unadjusted for the season. This is the third month in a row the unemployment rate has gone up.
The number of people in the labour force was also down, as 200 people have stopped looking for work. This lowered the participation rate in the workforce (those working, or actively looking for work) to 69 per cent. This is the fifth month in a row the participation rate has declined.
The provincial unemployment rate, unadjusted for seasonality, was up in January as well, increasing to 6.6 per cent. This is up from 6.2 in December. The national unemployment rate fell to 6.8 per cent, on the strength of 48,300 new jobs created.