The economy in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan lost 400 jobs in February, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada, mostly in the resource sector. In their monthly labour force survey, the numbers show that the unemployment rate rose from 1.55 per cent to 2.43 per cent. Despite the increase, the unemployment rate in the region is still among the lowest in the country.
Provincially, the rate increased to 5.0 per cent this month, up from 4.5 per cent in January. The national unemployment rate also increased, from 6.6 per cent to 6.8 per cent.