Labour Market Trends & Labour Force Survey (March 2021)

*Labour force survey results reflect the period from March 14 to 20. Compared to the previous reference week in February 2021, public health measures were less restrictive. Measures eased in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.

Labour Force Survey – Highlights:

In Nova Scotia, Month over month —

  • Labour force increased 0.9% (4,500) to 510,700
  • Employment increased 0.3% (1,600) to 466,800
  • Unemployment increased 7.1% (2,900) to 43,900
  • Unemployment Rate increased 0.5 percentage points to 8.6%.

Click here to find the breakdown for HRM.

Labour Market Trends – Highlights:
  • Nova Scotia’s seasonally adjusted employment level was up 1,600 (+0.3%) to 466,800,
  • With a proportionally larger increase in labour force than employment, the unemployment rate increased 0.5 percentage points from last month to 8.6%,
  • Full-time employment increased 2,200 (+0.6%) while part-time employment decreased 700 (-0.8%).
  • For February, goods-producing sector employment was up 3,800 jobs with construction (+3,400) accounting for most of the increase.

LEARN MORE: Find more stats for labour market trends, broken down by age cohort and gender.