Strong growth for Saskatchewan’s labour force in 2022

The number of Saskatchewan residents emplyed in 2022 rose by 3.3 per cent in 2022, the second-largest yearly jump since the province began tracking the numbers in 1976.

Overall, 576,800 people in the province were working last year, up 18,600 from 2021, with 471,200 working full-time jobs, up 4 per cent from the previous year.

Saskatoon, Regina, and the Yorkton-Melville regions saw the largest regional employment gains last year.

The province also boasts the second-highest labour force participation rate in the country, at 67.2 per cent, and the second-highest employment rate, at 64.1 per cent.

Saskatchewan also recorded all-time highs in off-reserve Indigenous employment and off-reserve Indigenous youth employment last year, with increases of 8.2 and 15 per cent respectively.

As well, in 2022, Saskatchewan saw all-time highs in female employment and in the number of workers 15 years-of-age and up.

Meanwhile, the province’s unemployment rate remains at 4.6 per cent, well below the national average of 5.3 per cent.

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