Manitoba's unemployment rate improved in May, falling to 5.7 per cent from 5.8 per cent in April.
According to Statistics Canada, the province produced 3,000 new jobs in the month, all full-time positions, though there was also a reported decline of 2,200 part-time jobs.
The Manitoba economy caught some wind in its sails in 2012, cruising to the second-best provincial economic performance in the country, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Statistics Canada.
Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at RBC, said Canada's biggest bank expects Manitoba's economy to be one of the leaders this year, with GDP growth of nearly three per cent.
Canada is among the best places in the world to live, according to a new quality of life measure from a leading international organization that compared rich industrialized nations.