The numbers look good but it’s hard to figure out where they come from.
We got the monthly job figures on Friday – they were for August – and once again Saskatchewan’s performance is both upbeat and a head scratcher.
We saw an increase of 2,800 jobs in the month. That brings the total to 12,500 more than at this time a year ago. And, unlike the national figures which showed a big increase in part-time positions, we generated more than 5,000 new full-time spots while part-time slots declined at a time when students are leaving jobs to return to school.
This is just one more in a string of reports that raise an eyebrow. While it’s nice to see 5,000 new full-time positions in a month, can anyone tell me where these jobs are? I tend to watch this stuff closely and I just can’t think of a place or an industry that kicked out more than 2,000 new jobs last month let alone 5,000 full-time positions.
You can forgive the cynic who says: there’s an election in a month and the federal job report is positive.