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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: February, 2018

LABOUR FORCE SURVEY - JANUARY 2018

In Nova Scotia January 2018, (seasonally-adjusted, month-over-month and year-over-year):

  • Labour force remains virtually unchanged (200) from December 2017 at 494,000 and increased 0.9% (4,400) over January 2017.
  • Employment decreased -0.2% (-700) from December 2017 to 453,500 and increased 0.4% (2,000) over January 2017.
  • Unemployment increased 2.3% (900) from December 2017 to 40,500 and increased 6.3% (2,400) over January 2017.
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LABOUR MARKET TRENDS - JANUARY 2018

Nova Scotia's seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 700 to 453,500 in January 2018.  This is the first decline reported since August.

Compared to December, Nova Scotia’s labour force increased slightly by 200 to 494,000 in December. With marginal growth in labour supply and a slight decline in labour demand, the net result was a 0.2 percentage point increase in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 8.2 per cent in January. 

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JOB VACANCIES AND WAGES, 2017Q3

Statistics Canada has released its quarterly job vacancy and wage survey (unadjusted for seasonality). This data provides insight into what portion of jobs in a particular region, sector or occupation are vacant.  It also provides information on the wages offered and specific requirements for each type of vacant job.  A higher job vacancy rate indicates a tighter labour market where it is more difficult for employers to find suitable candidates for the positions offered.  A low...

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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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