Nova Scotia Labour Force Survey

Nova Scotia Labour Force Update May 2019
 

Labour force

501,600 in May 2019
498,800 in April 2019
490,300 in May 2018
0.6% change April 2019 - May 2019
2.3% change May 2018 - May 2019 

Nova Scotia's labour force (individuals employed or looking for work) increased marginally by 2,800 (+0.6%) between April and May. Compared to a year ago the labour force increased by 11,300 (+2.3%).

In the past twelve months, youth (aged 15-24 years), core-aged (25-54 years), and older workers (aged 55 and over) have all contributed to the labour force expansion.
 

Employment

468,900 in May 2019
464,400 in April 2019
454,300 in May 2018
1.0% change April 2019 - May 2019 
3.2% change May 2018 - May 2019

In the last month, employment increased by 4,500 (+1.0%), while unemployment decreased by 1,600 (-4.7%). Compared to a year ago, employment increased by 14,600 (+3.2%).

In the last twelve months, youth employment increased by 6,400 (+10.8%), contributing the most to the rise of employment. Core-aged employment also expanded by 5,900 (+2.0%) and older worker employment rose by 2,300 (+2.2%).

The sectoral decomposition shows that both the goods sector and service sector saw employment gains during the last twelve months; goods by 4,900 (+6.0%) and services by 9,600 (+2.6%). Health care and social assistance, Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas, and Wholesale and retail trade were the top contributors.
 

Employment full-time

381,200 in May 2019
377,300 in April 2019
374,500 in May 2018
1.0% change April 2019 - May 2019
1.8% change May 2018 - May 2019
 

Employment part-time

87,600 in May 2019
87,100 in April 2019
79,900 in May 2018
0.6% change April 2019 - May 2019 
9.6% change May 2018 - May 2019 

Full-time employment and part-time employment increased by 6,700 (+1.8%) and 7,700 (+9.6%) respectively in the past twelve months.
 

Unemployment

32,800 in May 2019
34,400 in April 2019
36,000 in May 2018
-4.7% change April 2019 - May 2019
-8.9% change May 2018 - May 2019 
 

Unemployment Rate

6.5% in May 2019
6.9% in April 2019
7.3% in May 2018
-0.4 percentage point change April 2019 - May 2019
-0.8 percentage point change May 2018 - May 2019

The monthly unemployment rate was 6.5%, down by 0.4 percentage points from April. It may be mostly attributed to the over 10% increase in youth employment in the last month.
 

Participation Rate

62.3% in May 2019
62.0% in April 2019
61.5% in May 2018
0.3 percentage point change April 2019 - May 2019
0.8 percentage point change May 2018 - May 2019

 

Employment Rate

58.2% in May 2019
57.7% in April 2019
57.0% in May 2018
0.5 percentage point change April 2019 - May 2019
1.2 percentage point change May 2018 - May 2019

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM 282-0002 Seasonally Adjusted, Both Sexes, Ages 15+
Note: The sum of individual categories may not always add up to the total as a result of rounding.

 

Nova Scotia Labour Force Annual Update
 

Labour force

493,100 in Jan-Dec 2018
490,100 in Jan-Dec 2017
0.6% change

In 2018, the labour force increased by 3,000 (+0.6%) compared to 2017.
 

Employment

455,900 in Jan-Dec 2018
449,000 in Jan-Dec 2017
1.5% change

Overall employment increased by 6,900 (+1.5%), spurred by the 11,100 (+3.0%) increase in full-time employment.

Youth (aged 15-24), core-aged workers (aged 25-54) and older workers (aged 55 and over) experienced employment expansion.
 

Employment full-time

375,200 in Jan-Dec 2018
364,100 in Jan-Dec 2017
3.0% change

Employment part-time

80,600 in Jan-Dec 2018
84,900 in Jan-Dec 2017
-5.1% change

Unemployment

37,200 in Jan-Dec 2018
41,000 in Jan-Dec 2017
-9.3% change

Unemployment decreased by 3,800 (-9.3%) as employment expanded faster than the labour force. As a result, the unemployment rate decreased from 8.4% in 2017 to 7.5% in 2018.
 

Unemployment Rate

7.5% in Jan-Dec 2018
8.4% in Jan-Dec 2017
-0.9  percentage point change
 

Participation Rate

61.7% in Jan-Dec 2018
61.8% in Jan-Dec 2017
-0.1  percentage point change

 

Employment Rate

57.1% in Jan-Dec 2018
56.7% in Jan-Dec 2017
0.4  percentage point change

As the employment expansion outpaced the population expansion, the employment rate increased by 0.4 percentage points to 57.1% in 2018.

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM 282-0002 Seasonally Adjusted, Both Sexes, Ages 15+
Note: The sum of individual categories may not always add up to the total as a result of rounding.

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