News release

Nova Scotia Economy Shows Resilience with Employment Growing by 10,000 in November

Nova Scotia employment was up 10,000 to 468,500 in November.

This monthly gain was concentrated in full-time employment, which has risen to 383,200 - the highest level of full-time employment on record.

"Nova Scotia has recovered 97 per cent of lost employment since last April and this is a positive signal of a resilient economy,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board.

Nova Scotia has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada at 6.4 per cent for the first time in the 44 years of the Statistics Canada monthly Labour Force Survey.

Quick Facts:

  • the Nova Scotia labour force was down slightly by 1,700 to 500,700 in November
  • employment among females – initially among the hardest hit by job losses – has almost recovered to pre-pandemic levels
  • employment was up in all four Atlantic provinces
  • the national unemployment rate fell to 8.5 per cent in November
  • this information is from Nov. 8 to 14, before the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia

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