Hot economy keeps grads in Saskatchewan

Economic tide has turned out west
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/20/2007

Saskatchewan’s hot labour market and good quality of life have combined to help the province retain an overwhelming majority of graduates from post-secondary institutions, according to a new study.

A survey of 5,839 post-secondary graduates from the province’s colleges, universities and technical and vocational schools found 85 per cent of them had stayed in the province two years after graduation and graduates had a 96.7-per-cent employment rate.

“Our economy has been rather robust. We actually have more jobs than qualified people,” said Terry White, communications officer with Saskatchewan’s department of Advanced Education and Employment in Regina. “There’s something to stay for.”