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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: January, 2018

LABOUR FORCE SURVEY - DECEMBER 2017

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

  • Labour force increased 0.5% (2,300) from November 2017 to 494,500 and increased 1.1% (5,600) over December 2016.
  • Employment increased 1.3% (5,900) from November 2017 to 454,800 and increased 1.4% (6,300) over December 2016.
  • Unemployment decreased -8.3% (-3,600) from November 2017 to 39,700 and decrease...

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LABOUR MARKET TRENDS - DECEMBER 2017 AND PRELIMINARY 2017 ANNUAL

Nova Scotia's seasonally adjusted employment increased by 5,900 to 448,900 in December 2017.  This is the first statistically significant increase since March and the fourth consecutive month of employment gain.

Compared to November, Nova Scotia’s labour force increased by 2,300 to 494,500 in November. With labour supply growing at a slower pace than labour demand, the net result was a 0.8 percentage point drop in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 8.0 per cent i...

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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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