Employers were ramping up in September and they need talent with the latest report on job vacancies showing Saskatchewan has thousands of positions going unfilled.
The report, which is for the whole country, is for September and it shows Saskatchewan had the biggest jump in positions going unfilled. The vacancy rate climbed 12 per cent from August to September. That brought the total of unfilled or vacant job postings to more than 26,000.
If nothing else, this is an indicator of how the economy is performing. We are seeing growth in a big way and talk of a recession is for other parts of the nation. To give this some context, the growth rate was double the next province.
On a nation-wide basis, we saw increases in job vacancies in the hospitality sector but declines in manufacturing plants. It is not clear if manufacturing is slowing down resulting in fewer positions or if people are shifting from one sector to another.
But for us in Saskatchewan, it is a clear indicator of why the premier has been focused on increasing immigration. Simply put, we need more people, enough to fill all the jobs in a city the size of Moose Jaw or Prince Albert.