The latest job numbers in Saskatchewan tell a story that all employers know very well. The number of new positions becoming available is growing faster than the pool of talent available to fill them.
The numbers for February came out on Friday showing Saskatchewan generated 2,600 jobs in the shortest month of the year. Full-time employment grew even more as 600 part-time spots were converted to full-time.
The gains were spread throughout the province but it was noticeably stronger in the southwest as job numbers grew by 10 per cent in the region encompassing Moose Jaw and Swift Current. Another strong spot was the north which rose about three per cent as mining activity in the uranium sector continues to ramp up.
It would appear we are continuing to attract people to the province, proving up the adage that people follow opportunity. The size of the labour pool – that’s people of working age – grew by 2,500 in the month, which is almost enough to fill the new positions that came on the market.