Highlights From Employment, Earnings and Hours, April 2021
With April reference month results, year-over-year (Apr 2021 vs Apr 2020) and year-to-date (Jan-Apr 21 vs Jan-Apr 20) are beginning to show the rebounds in economic activity from the unprecedented declines observed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Nova Scotia had 419,067 payroll employees in April 2021, up 0.4% (+1,722) compared to March 2021, and up 15.1% (+55,064) compared to April 2020
- In Jan-Apr 2021, Nova Scotia’s payroll employment increased 2.5% over the same period last year.
- Nationally, the largest payroll employment increases were observed in New Brunswick (+5.3%) and Prince Edward Island (+4.6%).
Weekly Earnings —
- In Jan-Apr 2021, average weekly earnings were up 1.7% in Nova Scotia’s goods-producing sectors over January-April 2020. Goods sector wages were up for construction and manufacturing sectors.
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