View the Archive..July 25, 2014RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 2012/13
Statistics Canada has released results of research and development expenditures in higher education for 2012/13. Compared with 2011/12, Nova Scotia's research and development spending in the higher education sector was up 1.5 per cent and stands as the second highest per capita amount in the country ($395) after Newfoundland and Labrador ($477).
Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 358-0162
July 25, 2014UK GDP, 2014Q2
The UK economy matched its Q1 GDP growth of 0.8 per cent according to preliminary data released today by the UK Office for National Statistics. This would yield an annualized pace of growth of 3.2 per cent.
In the second quarter of 2014, the services sector was the main engine of growth, rising by 1.0 per cent compared with 2014Q1. The smaller production sector also contributed to growth with a 0.4 per cent gain. Growth in these larger sectors was more than sufficient to offset declines of 0.5 per cent in construction and 0.2 per cent in agriculture.
July 25, 2014JAPAN CPI - JUNE & JULY
Including the effects of recent changes to the value added tax rate, Japan's consumer price index for all items rose by 3.6 per cent from June 2013 to June 2014. Preliminary figures for the Ku-area of Tokyo rose by 2.8 per cent between July 2013 and July 2014.
Japan Statistics Bureau
July 24, 2014EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE MAY 2014
In May 2014, the number (seasonally adjusted) of Nova Scotians receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits decreased by 1,130 persons (-4.2%) from the previous month to 25,770, and declined by 2,230 persons (-8.0%) over May 2013.
In May 2014, the number (seasonally adjusted) of Canadians receiving regular EI benefits fell by 12,070 persons (-2.3%) from the previous month to 504,080 and declined by 12,170 persons (-2.4%) over May 2013.
July 24, 2014INCOME AND TAXES OF INDIVIDUALS: SUB-PROVINCIAL 2012
Yesterday, Statistics Canada released data on family income and related variables derived from personal income tax returns for 2012. This allows for examination of the distribution of income and taxes in provinces, cities, smaller population centres and rural areas across the country.
National median income for individual taxfilers from all sources was $31,320 in 2012. Nova Scotia's median total income in 2012 was $29,290. Median total income in Nova Scotia is below the national average as higher incomes are reported in central and western provinces. Halifax's median income of $34,270 is almost $3,000 higher than the national median, while other communities and regions of Nova Scotia report median income between $26,160 (Cape Breton) and $27,630 (Truro).