05/09/2014 01:10 EDT | Updated 07/09/2014 05:59 EDT

Saskatchewan unemployment rate drops to its lowest rate ever recorded

REGINA - Statistics Canada says Saskatchewan's jobless rate for April was the lowest ever recorded for the province.

The federal agency says the seasonally adjusted figure came in at 3.4 per cent.

April also marked the 16th straight month that Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate in Canada.

Saskatchewan's rate is about half the national figure of 6.9 per cent.

Resource Minister Tim McMillan says the province's strong economy is creating lots of work.

He says overall employment is up 8,500 jobs, or 1.5 per cent, year over year.

The only province that has done better is Alberta where employment is up 3.3 per cent.

“Our private sector is leading the way creating opportunities for everyone,” McMillan said Friday in a news release. “We once again have the lowest youth unemployment rate in the country and continue to see gains in aboriginal employment.”