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    August 2017 Labour Force Report

    Saskatchewan construction employment in September continued to increase for the fourth consecutive month.  August 2017 saw 56,600 people working in the industry – 3.9% higher than a year earlier. Year-to-date, employment is still down 1.8% but the trend line has turned around for more than a quarter now. In August, employment increased in four of seven regions in the province and was unchanged in one other. However, Regina and the East Central region declined. Hourly wages averaged $28.73, bringing the year-to-date decline to 3.4%.

    Read the full August 2017 Labour Market Report.

    July 2017 Building Permits Report

    Non-residential building permits in July were down 38% from the previous July. Year-to-date, permits are down 10% in 2017. The data shows improving conditions in the Commercial and Industrial sectors is being hampered by dampened Institutional investment. While all three ICI categories were down year-over-year in July, the year-to-date numbers show Commercial up by 28%, Industrial up by 123%, and Institutional down by 63%. Regionally, Regina and Saskatoon were both down 58% and 26%, respectively. Outside of the major centres permits are up 51% on the year.

    Read the full July 2017 Building Permits Report.

    These reports were prepared for the SCA by Sask Trends Monitor.