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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Labour Force Participation Rate

Current situation

In 2017, Nova Scotia's labour force participation rate for 15-64 year olds was 76.4 per cent, lower than the 2012 baseline of 77.0 per cent; a slight improvement over 2016 by 0.6 percentage points. The Canadian rate has remained relatively stable since 2012 and in 2017 increased to 78.5 per cent. Both the Canadian and Nova Scotian participation rates rose this year, leaving Nova Scotia’s gap with the national rate nearly unchanged at 2.1 percentage points (0.0 target).

yearcans
200076.272.1
200176.373.1
200277.473.7
200378.274.4
200478.175.6
200577.775
200677.774.3
200778.375.4
200878.475.6
20097876.2
201077.876.5
201177.876.3
201277.877
20137876.9
201477.876.5
20157876.5
201678.175.8
201778.576.4

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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