If you want to see a hot labour market, just look at east-central Saskatchewan.
The detailed analysis of the latest job numbers, which came out Nov. 3, show that the Yorkton-Melville area posted a dramatically lower unemployment rate than just about any region in the country.
Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was the lowest in the country at 4.7 per cent in October. It was 2.8 per cent in east-central Saskatchewan – roughly half the provincial rate and considerably lower than the 5.6 per cent national figure.
It is certainly far below the national average and would also seem that this is not an exception. If you go back a year ago, it was much the same story.
The other regions with a below-the-average unemployment rate are the Moose Jaw-Swift Current corridor and the northern region anchored by Prince Albert.
The region with the most intensive workforce runs from Saskatoon to Biggar. Their participation and employment rates are tops in the province as a higher percentage of the population is employed. But, interestingly, even with that buoyancy, this region still boasts the highest unemployment rate, capacity to fill even more jobs.