The Aboriginal unemployment rate in Saskatchewan saw a slight decrease from a year ago.

The February jobless numbers were recently released by Statistics Canada and they put overall Aboriginal unemployment numbers at 14.5 percent. The same month last year had the rate at 15.5 percent.

While off-reserve First Nation unemployment numbers did see an increase from 19.1 percent to 19.8 percent, the Metis unemployment rate dropped from well over 12 percent to an even 11 percent.

The non-Aboriginal unemployment rate was 5.2 percent bringing unemployment in the province to 6 percent in the month of February.

The national average was 5.8 percent.

There were nearly 36,000 people unemployed in Saskatchewan last month. This is a decrease of nearly 40,000 from February, 2017.

The total workforce last month was over 596,000.

(PHOTO: The BHP Billiton Jansen potash mine.  File Photo)