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A PROFILE OF SOUTHWEST SASKATCHEWAN
The Southwest Economic Region is home to about 100,000 Saskatchewan people with one-half living in Swift Current or Moose Jaw, leaving the rest of the region rather sparsely populated. The economy is heavily dependent on agriculture so it did well from 2009 to 2014 although not as well as parts of the province with a more diversified economy.
  • From 2009 to 2014 population and employment have grown by an average of 0.2% and 0.1% per year respectively.
  • More than a third of residents are 55 years of age or older and relatively few are in the family formation age group.
  • Education levels are near the provincial average but post-secondary graduates tend to have certificates/diplomas rather than university degrees.
  • Incomes are growing more quickly than the rate of inflation but are still 8% below the provincial average.
  • Residents are less likely than other Saskatchewanians to report that they are in good physical and mental health but almost all are satisfied with “life in general”.
The outlook for the northeast part of the region is positive over the next few years because of developments in the Regina/Moose Jaw corridor including the K+S potash mine.



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