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Sask. unemployment rate in November was 3rd-lowest among provinces, but pandemic job recovery still lags

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Statistics Canada's labour force survey says Saskatchewan's unemployment rate fell to 5.2 per cent in November. (Katherine Holland/CBC - image credit)
Statistics Canada's labour force survey says Saskatchewan's unemployment rate fell to 5.2 per cent in November. (Katherine Holland/CBC - image credit)

Saskatchewan's unemployment rate in November was the third-lowest among the provinces, according to Statistics Canada's labour force survey.

The province's unemployment rate was at 5.2 per cent last month, down from 6.2 per cent in October and 7.1 per cent a year ago.

Only Quebec and Manitoba had lower unemployment rates in November.

The national unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent.

Saskatchewan gained 10,100 jobs in November compared to the same period last year — 7,500 of them were full-time jobs.

Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up 6,300 jobs last month from October.

Year-over-year, there were 11,100 more jobs in wholesale and retail trade, and 6,200 more jobs in health care and social assistance.

The Saskatchewan Opposition said the province's unemployment rate dropped because there are almost 13,000 fewer people in the labour force since September.

It also said Saskatchewan ranks last among provinces when it comes to pandemic job recovery and is one of only two provinces to have fewer jobs since February 2020 — with 1.8 per cent fewer.

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