Manitoba is creating a new record for the lowest unemployment rates since the labour force statistic series began in 1976.

According to a media release sent out on Friday, Statistics Canada has calculated that Manitoba's employment numbers have increased by 2,500 jobs from June to July. With these numbers, Manitoba's unemployment rate has dropped by 3.5 per cent.

"Today's record labour force numbers continue to demonstrate the steps our government has taken with job-growth initiatives which have been crucial for both businesses and Manitobans attempting to get back to work," says Premier Heather Stefanson. "Our government is focused on creating opportunities for strong economic recovery and job growth, and we will continue to focus on targeted investments to ensure our labour force continues to be strengthened and remains competitive in the global economy."

In June, the number of Manitobans working either full-time or part-time jobs was 670,700, and in July it increased to 673,200.

"We have been a leader in Canada with some of the most effective economic development and support programs that help Manitoba's businesses and workers," says Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen. "Since taking office in 2016, a major focus of our government has been to strengthen the economy and focus on getting Manitobans back to work. Increased employment opportunities throughout the province are a testament to the success of our hospitality sector supports, Health Hire Manitoba Program, Wage Subsidy Program and other critical employment programs."

Manitoba has surpassed the national average, which has recorded a decrease of 0.5 per cent, for the amount of part-time employment, with an increase of 3,500 jobs, a 2.7 per cent increase; putting Manitoba first in Canada.

Manitoba also has the lowest youth unemployment rate in Canada, with a four per cent provincial average. The national average is 9.2.