2022 saw strong growth for Saskatchewan in the job sector, with the second-highest growth since 1976 when job numbers were first published.
Saskatchewan had 576,800 people employed during the year, an increase of 18,600 or 3.3 per cent from 2021.
The province says that it's on track to reach its goal set out in 2020 of 100,000 new jobs by the end of 2030.
"Saskatchewan's economy and labour market have shown considerable strength and resilience to national and international economic headwinds thanks to significant private investments, low cost of living and one of the best business environments in the country," Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "As the province looks to the future, our government will ensure a stable and sustainable economy for both job seekers and job creators as we continue to reach our growth plan goals."
Compared to other provinces, Saskatchewan had the second-highest labour force participation rate at 67.2 per cent, along with the second-highest employment rate at 64.1 per cent.
Saskatchewan's unemployment rate also remains low at 4.6 per cent and is well below the national average of 5.3 per cent.
Accommodation and food services increased by 3,900, along with the information, culture, and recreation sector increasing by 2,900.
The largest employment gains were seen in the Saskatoon, Regina and Yorkton-Melville areas.
Off-reserve Indigenous employment increased by 4,800 to an all-time high of 63,000, an increase of 8.2 per cent from 2021. Employment for off-reserve Indigenous youth also reached an all-time high of 11,500, up 1,500 or 15 per cent from 2021.
Full-time employment increased to 471,200 in 2022 with four per cent more people working in full-time jobs compared to 2021.
In 2022, Saskatchewan also recorded all-time highs in the working-age population aged 15 and older and female employment.