Atlantic Labour Market Brief: December 2021 – Digital Nova Scotia – Leading Digital Industry
Atlantic Labour Market Brief: December 2021

Canada

  • The country experienced growth in employment in December, amounting to 54,700 jobs, making it the seventh consecutive monthly gain.
  • Full-time jobs increased alongside fewer part-time.
  • The unemployment rate declined slightly in December to 5.9%, reaching its lowest point since February 2020.
  • The goods-producing sector added jobs (+44,200), while the services-producing sector saw growth of 10,600 jobs.

Labour Force: 20,583,200 (+23,200)
Employment: 19,370,800 (+54,700)

 

Atlantic Canada

  • Employment fell sharply in December, down from the previous month by 6,000 jobs.
  • The job reductions occurred in both full-time and part-time positions.
  • The unemployment rate declined slightly in December to 8.6%, reaching its lowest point since January 2020.
  • The goods-producing sector lost jobs in December (-3,900), while the service sector saw job reductions of 2,400.

Labour Force: 1,249,800 (-7,900)
Employment: 1,141,900 (-6,000)

 

Nova Scotia

  • Labour Force: 510,500
  • Employment: 470,500
  • Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
  • Labour Force Change: -1,600
  • Employment Change: +100
  • Unemployment Rate Change: -0.2

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