Saskatchewan employers post 13,000 jobs for second straight month

Number of opportunities jumps by 45 per cent
||Last Updated: 07/11/2011

Saskatchewan employers continue to create job opportunities in huge numbers. The province's largest job-matching website saw 13,035 job postings in June, a 45 per cent jump over June 2010. This gives the province Canada’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.9 per cent, for the fourth consecutive month.

Employers from 327 Saskatchewan communities posted opportunities to the site. In the first six months of 2011, Saskatchewan employers posted 67,300 vacancies to the website, an increase of more than 13,000 over the same period in 2010.

"Employers in every corner of the province continue to open the doors of opportunity for Saskatchewan people," said Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris. "We already have the lowest unemployment rate in the country and with a growing number of job prospects, people from across Canada and around the world are looking at Saskatchewan as a great place to live, work and raise a family."

Other June statistics for (all changes are year-over-year):

•The number of jobs posted in the Natural and Applied Science category jumped by 83 per cent.

•The Trades and Primary Industry categories accounted for 4,542 jobs — more than one-third of the overall total.

•About three-quarters, almost 10,000 jobs, were full-time.

Interest in applying for jobs continues to grow as well, with the number of visits to the website jumping by 12 per cent over June of last year. SaskJobs hosted 821,000 visits in June — a record for that month.

Visits from outside Canada saw a significant increase, with a year-over-year jump of 39 per cent.

"With more than 8,000 jobs posted right now, there are plenty of opportunities available throughout the province," said Norris.

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