Saskatchewan’s economy is booming and the economy in some parts of Saskatchewan has been on a tear for months, but the province has also been struggling to fill some of the more lucrative positions with high-paying jobs.
The Saskatchewan government has been struggling for years to find enough high-tech workers to keep up with the demand.
“We’re at a very high level of unemployment in the province,” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said recently.
“I don’t think anybody in this province, at least I don’t know anybody, but I know in the rest of Canada it’s a real challenge.”
Saskatchewan’s high unemployment is caused by a lack of skilled workers in some sectors of the economy.
According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan has a higher percentage of people unemployed for non-wage-related reasons than any other province.
The province has had the highest percentage of unemployed people aged 25 to 64 in Canada since 2012.
According a 2017 report from the federal Statistics Canada report, Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate for the past five years has remained around the 6.2% level it reached in 2010, but has declined in the past year, falling to 4.3% in June 2018.
“Our economy is growing but we have a high unemployment rate,” said Saskatoon resident Linda Wirthlin.
“There are some people who can’t find work and they’re not able to go to work.
And I’m sure some people are in a position where they can’t get their children to school.
There’s a lot of people that can’t afford to live here.”
According to the Saskatchewan government, Saskatchewan is one of the most productive and innovative economies in Canada.
It’s ranked as one of Canada’s fastest growing economies in 2017 and is one to watch in 2018, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
In Saskatchewan, there are several key sectors that are highly valued by the provincial government, including manufacturing, agriculture and energy.
Many of those companies have large Canadian operations, but there are also some small- and medium-sized companies that rely on international suppliers.
The federal government is also pushing to boost economic activity in those sectors.
Saskatchewan is home to many of the world’s biggest manufacturing companies, including Canadian Tire, Pembina Pipeline and B.C. Pacific.
Businesses in Saskatchewan also rely heavily on tourism.
According the World Economic Forum, Saskatchewan had the third-highest proportion of people who reported a high level or moderate level of income in Canada, and the third highest proportion of Canadians who reported income in the top 50% of the income distribution.
“The growth in business is very strong and it’s also in areas like manufacturing, agricultural and energy that are growing,” said Jason Kenney, the Saskatchewan minister for business, skills and innovation.
“So, we are looking to expand our exports, to increase our trade with other countries, and we’re looking to increase exports.”