6,500 more Manitobans were working in January compared to the month before, according to new employment statistics.

The increase is Manitoba’s largest in over a decade.

Premier Brian Pallister said the results are proof that his government is moving the province forward.

‘We continue to create a business-friendly environment and our plan to grow the private sector for the benefit of all Manitobans is working.”

The latest figures from Stats Can show that the increase in employment was accompanied by a decline in the province’s unemployment rate to 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in 2019.

Manitoba now has the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country.

The labour force in Manitoba has increased by 1.1 percent, while the country’s rate has grown by 0.1 percent.

Pallister noted that the job growth in Manitoba shows the success of the province’s Economic Growth Action Plan, which outlines a goal of creating 40,000 jobs in Manitoba over the next four years.