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    July 2017 Labour Market Report

    A modest employment recovery is taking place in construction as employment in the sector edged up for a third consecutive month. While heavy and engineering construction was down 10% compared to last June, non-residential and trade contracting were up 3% and 5% respectively, with all growth coming from the self-employed. Regionally, the three-month average employment rates have moved dramatically with only Saskatoon (+3%) and Northern Saskatchewan (+6%) having changes of less than 10%. Wages also continue to correct having dropped 2.3% compared to June 2016 and 3.8% year-to-date.  

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    June 2017 Building Permits Report

    June 2017 building permit reports are a mixed bag showing improvement in some areas and cause for ongoing concern in others. Overall, permits were down 45% compared to last June – which was itself an exceptional bright spot. The year-to-date totals are down 4% from 2016 on declines in institutional spending. However, industrial spending in the first half of 2017 exceeded industrial investment for all of 2016. Meanwhile, residential permits are up 46% from June 2016 and the permit trendline remains positive. Year-to-date, commercial permits are up 37%, institutional is up 171% and institutional spending is down 60%. Year-to-date and broken down by region, permits are up 56% outside of the two major centres but down 27% in Saskatoon and 10% in Regina.

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    These reports were prepared for the SCA by the Sask Trends Monitor. Check out prior reports under our PUBLICATIONS tab.