More job losses in P.A.

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - SPORTS - ARTHUR WHITECRUMMEY

Three hun­dred fewer Prince Al­ber­tans were work­ing in Au­gust, com­pared to the month be­fore.

That’s ac­cord­ing to the lat­est StatsCan labour force sur­vey, which counted 19,300 em­ployed peo­ple in Prince Al­bert. That put the city’s un­em­ploy­ment rate at 10.6 per cent, up 0.1 per cent from July.

The un­em­ploy­ment rate is ac­tu­ally down rel­a­tive to this time last year, when it stood at 11.8 per cent. But that’s mostly due to fewer peo­ple search­ing for work. Only 56.6 per cent of the city’s res­i­dents had jobs last month, down from 59.4 in Au­gust 2016.

The prov­ince also shed jobs in Au­gust. With 1,500 fewer peo­ple em­ployed than the month be­fore, the un­em­ploy­ment rate went up 0.3 points to 6.9 per cent. That’s barely higher than where it stood one year ago.

Saskatchewan’s un­em­ploy­ment rate re­mains higher than the na­tional average of 6.8 per cent, and is now worse than four other prov­inces.

On a sea­son­ally ad­justed ba­sis, Saskatchewan’s rate was ac­tu­ally down slightly to 6.6 per cent – still higher than the Cana­dian average of 6.2 per cent.

The job losses were driven by a drop in part-time em­ploy­ment. Only 200 full-time jobs were lost prov­ince-wide. Self-em­ployed peo­ple and pub­lic-sec­tor work­ers were par­tic­u­larly likely to be­come job­less.

The health and so­cial ser­vice sec­tor was the hard­est hit in Saskatchewan, with 2,600 job losses over the month and 6,500 year-on-year.

ARTHUR WHITE-CRUMMEY/DAILY HER­ALD

Prince Al­bert has lost 900 jobs over the past year, ac­cord­ing to Statis­tics Canada.

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