Goal 9

Youth Employment

Nova Scotia’s youth unemployment rate will be at, or better than, the national rate in that year.

Updated:

Current situation

In 2016, Nova Scotia’s youth unemployment rate was 14.9 per cent, compared to the national rate of 13.1 per cent. This is down from a rate of 18.6 per cent in Nova Scotia in 2012. This shows the gap is narrowing significantly, to 1.8 percentage points in 2016 from 4.2 percentage points in 2012. We are on track to achieve this target.

year ca ns
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 11.7 13.8
2007 11.2 13
2008 11.6 13.5
2009 15.4 17.6
2010 14.9 16.3
2011 14.3 16.7
2012 14.4 18.6
2013 13.7 18.3
2014 13.5 17.8
2015 13.2 15.3
2016 13.1 14.9

What this means

This indicator measures the percentage of people between the ages of 15 and 24 looking for work and unable to find employment. The declining rate means that a greater share of people in that age group looking for work could find it.

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