As of 2011, the baseline employment rate for First Nations (49.4 per cent) and African Nova Scotians (52.2 per cent) lagged the provincial average of 56.8 per cent.
For the First Nations and African Nova Scotian communities, these numbers represent an age adjusted figure (ages 15+), based on our own calculations. For more information on why this is necessary and how it was done, see the ‘Deep Dive’ section.
Updated data for this indicator will be available when the 2016 Census labour market data is released at the end of November 2017.
Rate Total Population First Nations African NS Employment 56.8 49.4 52.2 Labour Force Participation 63.1 57.5 60.4
What this means
First Nations Groups and African Nova Scotians as general population groups have traditionally been economically disadvantaged in Canada, and have faced systemic difficulties connecting to labour markets. Some of the barriers to successful labour market attachment are believed to include systemic racism and discriminatory hiring practices that are biased against racially visible individuals.
This is reflected in below provincial average employment and participation rates for these racially visible groups. Employment rate measures the success of members of these groups in finding employment. The participation rate measures the proportion of these groups actively seeking employment opportunities.
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