Goal 7

Labour Force Participation Rate

Nova Scotia will have a labour force participation rate at least as high as the Canadian rate, bringing more Nova Scotians into permanent attachment to the labour market.


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Goal Status

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Current: 1.6
Baseline: 0.8
Target: 0
Bands

Current Situation

In 2018, Nova Scotia's labour force participation rate for 15-64-year-olds was 76.8 per cent, an improvement over 2017 but lower than the 2012 baseline of 77.0 per cent. The Canadian rate has remained relatively stable since 2012, and in 2018 it edged down to 78.4 per cent. With the participation rates moving closer together, Nova Scotia’s gap with the national rate declined to 1.6 percentage points. Although this represents a movement closer to the target, the gap remains larger than the baseline of 0.8 percentage points.

Year Canada (target) Nova Scotia
2000 76.2 72.1
2001 76.3 73.1
2002 77.4 73.7
2003 78.2 74.4
2004 78.1 75.6
2005 77.7 75
2006 77.7 74.3
2007 78.3 75.4
2008 78.4 75.6
2009 78 76.2
2010 77.8 76.5
2011 77.8 76.3
2012 77.8 77
2013 78 76.9
2014 77.8 76.5
2015 78 76.5
2016 78.1 75.8
2017 78.5 76.4
2018 78.4 76.8

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What This Means

The participation rate tells you the number of people of working age who are working or actively seeking work, as a ratio of the total working age population. The participation rate is driven largely by demographics - in the past four years, the rate has declined as a result of population aging.

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