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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Current situation

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.

year ca ns
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

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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