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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Nova Scotia's youth unemployment rate has fallen below the national average in 2020 as there was a larger increase in youth unemployment rates at the national level due to COVID-19.

Baseline: 4.1
Target: 0
Current: -2.9
Bands

Current Situation

In 2020, the youth unemployment rate in Nova Scotia was 17.2 per cent compared to 20.1 percent nationally. This was down from a rate of 18.2 per cent in Nova Scotia in 2012. The Nova Scotia youth unemployment rate rose less than the Canadian rate in 2020 because of COVID-19, making the gap negative for the first time at -2.9 percentage points. The gap between Nova Scotian and Canadian rates had been narrowing in recent years, reaching a low of 1.7 percentage points in 2016.  As 2020 was an unprecedented year, Nova Scotia's youth unemployment rate did surpass the target level, but achievement of this target depends on changes to youth unemployment rates as the economy normalizes after COVID-19.

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 11.4 13.6
2007 10.9 12.8
2008 11.4 13.4
2009 15 17.1
2010 14.6 15.9
2011 13.9 16.6
2012 14.1 18.2
2013 13.5 17.7
2014 13.2 17.5
2015 12.9 15.1
2016 12.8 14.5
2017 11.4 16.6
2018 10.9 15.6
2019 11 13.3
2020 20.1 17.2

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What This Means

This indicator measures the percentage of people between the ages of 15 and 24 who are looking for work that are not able to find employment. The declining rate means that a smaller share of people in that age group that are looking for work could not find it.

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