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Labour Market Report
The Labour Market Report is the Department of Finance & Treasury Board's monthly analytical publication, comprised of the latest information from Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey, as well as other indicators which describe labour-related trends in Canada, such as Employment Insurance, Average weekly earnings, and total wages and salaries. Some indicators are measured at the national and provincial level, while others are reported at the level of the economic region.
For the latest information and historical data, please contact the individual listed below:

Mike Milloy
Planning and Development Officer
Tel:902-424-8800
Email: Mike.Milloy@novascotia.ca


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Currently displaying information released on: June, 2017

LABOUR FORCE SURVEY - MAY 2017

In Nova Scotia May 2017 (seasonally-adjusted, month-over-month and year-over-year):

  • Labour force decreased 0.4% (-2,200) from April 2017 to 488,600 and increased 0.7% (+3,400) over May 2016.
  • Employment remained unchanged (+200) from April 2017 at 450,200 and increased 1.1% (+5,000) over May 2016.
  • Unemployment decreased 5.6% (-2,300) from April 2017 to 38,500 and decreased 3.8% (-1,500) over May 2016.
  • Unemployment rate decreased...

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LABOUR MARKET TRENDS - MAY 2017

Nova Scotia's seasonally adjusted employment increased by 200 to 450,200 in May 2017. This follows a slight decline in April after strong growth in March.

Compared to April, Nova Scotia’s labour force decreased by 2,200 to 488,600 in May. With labour supply falling at a faster pace than the labour demand, the net result was a 0.4 percentage point decrease in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 7.9 per cent in May. With the decrease in the labour supply and growth in...

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COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES Q1 2017

Nova Scotia's seasonally adjusted employee compensation (wages+salaries+employer social contributions) increased 0.8 per cent in the first quarter 2017 to $5.62 billion. Compared to the first quarter of 2016 compensation was up 1.4 per cent.

The wages and salaries portion of employee compensation was up 0.9 per cent to $4.80 billion; an increase of 1.5 per cent over the sa...

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EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FEBRUARY 2015

In February 2015, the number (seasonally adjusted) of Nova Scotians receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits increased by 580 persons (2.2%) from the previous month to 27,190 and increased by 160 persons (0.6%) over February 2014.

In February 2015, the number (seasonally adjusted) of Canadians receiving regular EI benefits increased by 9,940 persons (2.0%) from the previous month to 509,780 and declined by 3,470 (-0.7%) over February ...

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EMPLOYMENT, EARNINGS AND HOURS, FEBRUARY 2015

Nova Scotians' average weekly earnings (including overtime, seasonally adjusted) decreased $3.98 per week (-0.5%) from January to $831.80 in February 2015.  This is 1.9 per cent above the level in February of last year. Canadians' average weekly wages increased 0.3 per cent from January to $951.40 in February 2015, a 2.7 percent increase over February 2014.



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