Average weekly Sask. wages up 4.7 per cent in 2013

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Government of Saskatchewan

As of November 2013, Saskatchewan’s average weekly earnings is $43 higher than 2012.

A provincial government news release said Saskatchewan’s average weekly earnings were $967.45 in November 2013, which is the second highest in Canada behind Alberta. That’s a 4.7 per cent increase for Saskatchewan from 2012.

“I think it’s great news. Saskatchewan had one of the highest increases year over year month over month in our earnings,” said Tim McMillan, provincial energy and resources minister. “It really comes on the heels of some other great announcements. We have more people living in our province than ever before.

“We have more people in our workforce than ever before and those people continue to see the benefits of this growing economy.”

McMillan said inflation increases over the past year was in the 1.5 per cent range.

“So we can see the incomes here in Saskatchewan are far outpacing cost of living increases,” he said.

Between October 2013 and November 2013, Saskatchewan wages increased 2.3 per cent, which was the second highest percentage increase in the country.

“We see people want to move to Saskatchewan and a lot of people are and I think in general it’s to find opportunities and to have successful careers and raise their families in a good economy,” said McMillan. “So when we see numbers like this it I think bolsters our claim that this is a great place to live and a great place to work and raise a family.”

He said the numbers also show the hard work and success workers have had. Last year, Saskatchewan had a record harvest and record oil production.

He added Saskatchewan has opportunities like no other provinces, including the largest deposits of high-grade uranium in the world, the world’s largest potash supply, plenty of oil and gas and agriculture possibilities.

“We continue to break records on the dollar amount and volume amount of the exports we send around the world and the benefits of being good at what we do as a province are being reflected here in the wages that benefit the people that are producing these goods here in our province,” said McMillan.

“When we look at the opportunities that our province has, they are substantial … I see with the ambitious nature of the people that call this province home that there’s really no limits on it.”

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Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada, Alberta

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