Things are changing for the better in Fort Saskatchewan.
The local census was released this week, showing some interesting stats, but none more appealing than a 4.86 per cent unemployment rate, down over a full per cent from 2017.
This is the first time since 2015 that the unemployment rate has dropped. Now almost 40 per cent of all residents are employed full-time.
"I believe that our economy is picking up," said mayor Gale Katchur. "With projects such as Inter Pipeline coming on and the additional commercial and retail that's happening in our community, people are able to find jobs in Fort Saskatchewan."
4932 residents work right in Fort Saskatchewan, over 3159 people drive into Edmonton for work and roughly 1338 head to Strathcona County.
"The reason people choose Fort Saskatchewan is for the quality of life," added Katchur.
1727 Fort residents stated they worked part-time, while 2883 listed their status as retired. Only 631 people filled out "seeking work" on their census.
The Fort’s population as a whole grew to 26,328, an increase of 795 people compared to 2017.