In 2016, Nova Scotia's labour force participation rate for ages 15-64 was 75.8 per cent. This is a 1.2 per cent decrease from the 2012 baseline of 77.0 per cent. Over the same time, the Canadian rate has remained stable at 78.1 per cent in 2016. The declining participation rate is driven by the Nova Scotia’s aging demographics. At this pace, Nova Scotia is not on track to achieve this target.
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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