Goal 9

Youth Employment

Nova Scotia’s youth unemployment rate will be at, or better than, the national rate in that year.


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Goal Status

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Current: 4.5
Baseline: 4.2
Target: 0
Bands

Current Situation

In 2018, the youth unemployment rate in Nova Scotia was 15.6 per cent compared to 11.1 percent nationally. This was down from a rate of 18.6 per cent in Nova Scotia in 2012. The Nova Scotian and Canadian rates both declined this year, leaving the gap at 4.5 percentage points in 2018. The gap between Nova Scotian and Canadian rates had been narrowing in recent years, reaching a low of 1.8 percentage points in 2016.  Recent trends suggest that the gap is not on track to close by 2024.

Year Canada (target) Nova Scotia
1976 12.4 16.3
1977 13.8 16.8
1978 14 17.4
1979 12.7 18
1980 12.8 16.3
1981 12.8 16.7
1982 18.2 21.7
1983 19.2 21.8
1984 17.4 20.9
1985 15.8 21.4
1986 14.7 20.5
1987 13.2 18.3
1988 11.5 15.6
1989 10.9 15
1990 12.3 15.5
1991 15.8 19.5
1992 17.2 20.2
1993 17.2 21.5
1994 15.9 22.1
1995 14.8 19
1996 15.4 17.7
1997 16.3 20.6
1998 15.1 19
1999 14.1 18.2
2000 12.7 15.8
2001 12.9 17.6
2002 13.6 17.9
2003 13.6 15.7
2004 13.4 15.1
2005 12.4 15
2006 11.7 13.8
2007 11.2 13
2008 11.6 13.5
2009 15.4 17.6
2010 14.9 16.3
2011 14.3 16.7
2012 14.4 18.6
2013 13.7 18.3
2014 13.5 17.8
2015 13.2 15.3
2016 13.1 14.9
2017 11.6 16.8
2018 11.1 15.6

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What This Means

This indicator measures the percentage of people between the ages of 15 and 24 looking for work and unable to find employment. The declining rate means that a greater share of people in that age group looking for work could find it.

Deep Dive

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Youth Employment Deep Dive

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