The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says Saskatchewan’s vacancy rate in the second quarter was 1.7 per cent, with 5,800 unfilled jobs. The rate experienced a slight decrease of 0.2 per cent. Nationally the rate rose to 3.1 per cent. That’s the highest vacancy rate ever observed by the CFIB Help Wanted Report since it began in 2004. Chief Economist Ted Mallett says, “Although the national vacancy rate continues to climb, most of the increase is being driven by Quebec. The CFIB says labour market conditions in our province as well as those in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, continue to trail the rest of the country, with drops in all three provinces.