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Saskatchewan offers New Year cheer


January 4, 2010
By Andy Bateman

January 4, 2010 – If an article in today’s Journal of
Commerce is anything to go by, Saskatchewan
will be one of Canada’s
construction hot spots in 2010.

“After ending 2009 with a new record population and
the lowest unemployment rate in Canada,
Saskatchewan
is forecast to start the next decade with the strongest economic growth record
in the country in 2010.

Construction sites were busy, with October building
permits in the province showing the highest percentage increase in the nation.

“We are also seeing some good news on the
construction front, which indicates a fair amount of optimism for business and
consumers,” said Enterprise Saskatchewan Minister Ken Cheveldayoff.

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Urban housing starts for November were also
positive, reaching some of the highest levels in decades.

“Saskatchewan
had positive job creation in 2009 while most other provinces were losing jobs,”
the minister explained.

“Saskatoon and Regina had the two lowest
unemployment rates among Canadian cities. Saskatchewan’s population hit an all-time
high and is growing at its fastest pace in over 50 years.”"