"The monthly labour force numbers for June continue to show signs of our province's gradual economic restart, with more than 118,000 people finding jobs last month". It's down 42,900 from February, the last month before restrictions to contain the virus began choking the economy.
Canada, as a whole, gained 953K jobs, with the unemployment rate falling to 12.3%.
Saskatchewan saw an increase of over 30,000 jobs as the province's economy reopened.
As in May, even though more people found jobs, more people were also looking for work.
Canada's unemployment rate was 12.3% in June, down from the previous month's record-setting level of 13.7%, the data agency said. Had they been counted, the unemployment rate would have been 16.3%.
After holding steady in May, the number of Canadians on temporary layoffs dropped 29.1 percent in June, and that figure should keep dropping, it added.
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The seven-day average of the daily rate climbed to 10.4%, officials said Wednesday; in late May, that rate fell to a low of 4.6%. There are 1,969 people now hospitalized, with 27% of them in hospital intensive care units and 18% on ventilators.
Statistics Canada noted that the increase in labour force participation was not equal in men and women, with men seeing greater gains in the participation rate.
Employment in construction also saw a slight rise and between May and June, 160,000 jobs in the sector have been recorded.
Most of the new jobs came from Ontario and Quebec, which added 378,000 and 248,000 jobs, respectively.
Friday's jobs report joins "a growing number of economic indicators that have been less-bad than feared early in the economic recovery", Royal Bank of Canada economist Nathan Janzen said.
In March and April, a disproportionate share of job loss was felt by youth, women and low-paid workers. The survey was conducted between June 14 and June 20.
In provinces where daycares reopened for children five and under, employment levels returned to pre-pandemic levels for fathers in June, but not for mothers. Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Wednesday that the 353.2 billion Canadian dollar (about $260 billion) budget shortfall is necessary to support the domestic economy and protect future jobs.