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

August 18, 2021


Employment grew at a strong pace in July, up from the prior month by 94,000 jobs.

The growth occurred in both full-time and part-time positions, though primarily full-time.

The unemployment rate fell in the month to 7.5%, reaching its lowest point since February 2020.

The goods-producing sector added jobs (+1,000), while the services-producing sector saw growth of 92,900 jobs.

Labour Force: 20,405,300 (+23,800)
Employment: 18,559,200 (-68,000)

Atlantic Canada

More people were working in July, with the addition of 2,100 jobs.

Full-time jobs increased alongside fewer part-time.

The rate of unemployment fell sharply, going from 10.2% to 9.6%.

The goods-producing sector added jobs (+2,100), while the service sector saw job reductions of 100.

Labour Force: 1,234,600 (-5,000)
Employment: 1,115,500 (+2,100)

Nova Scotia

  • Labour Force: 503,300
  • Employment: 461,200
  • Unemployment Rate: 8.4%
  • Labour Force Change: +500
  • Employment Change: +3,700
  • Unemployment Rate Change: -0.6

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