Industry of Employment (September 2022 vs September 2021, seasonally adjusted)
Over the last 12 months, employment has risen across almost all industries with the exceptions of agriculture, utilities, wholesale/retail, transportation, business support (including call centres), and public administration.
The largest employment gains were in construction, information/culture/recreation, and health/social assistance.
Industry of Employment (January-September 2022 vs January-September 2021, seasonally adjusted)
On average over the first nine months of 2022 (compared with the same period last year), most industries reported employment gains. The increase in year-to-date average employment was fastest for professional/technical services, health/social (including daycare) and construction.
Hours worked and employment (January-September 2022 vs January-September 2021, unadjusted)
Changes in unadjusted hours worked show different variations than changes in seasonally adjusted employment (comparing the average over the first nine months of 2022 with the same period in 2021).
Overall employment was up by 3.5% while hours were up by 3.7%.
In professional and technical services hours worked grew faster than employment while construction and information/culture/recreation hours are growing slower than employment.
Labour Force Survey Highlights
MONTH OVER MONTH (September 2022 vs August 2022, seasonally adjusted)
In Nova Scotia,
Labour force decreased 2,900 (-0.6%) to 512,000
Employment increased 4,300 (0.9%) to 480,200
Unemployment decreased 7,100 (-18.2%) to 31,900
Unemployment Rate decreased 1.4 percentage points to 6.2%