Regional Labour Market Dashboard

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Updated: February 2018

POPULATION TRENDS:

The South Shore Region includes the municipality of the Districts of Chester, Lunenburg and Shelburne; the Towns of Bridgewater, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, Lockeport and Shelburne; as well as the Region of Queens. Some data is only available at the county level.

Population by Age Group

  Shelburne County Lunenburg County Queens County Nova Scotia
    % Change   % Change   % Change   % Change
  2016 1 Year 5 Year 2016 1 Year 5 Year 2016 1 Year 5 Year 2016 1 Year 5 Year
Total 13,808 -1.2% -6.5% 47,382 0.0% -1.7% 10,572 -0.5% -5.1% 949,501 0.6% 0.5%
Under 20 2,521 -0.7% -13.5% 8,235 0.2% -5.5% 1,717 -2.6% -15.6% 186,139 0.1% -5.1%
20-44 3,400 -5.0% -15.8% 11,199 -1.7% -11.4% 2,328 -2.3% -17.0% 294,135 0.4% -2.8%
45-64 4,595 -1.4% -7.8% 15,838 -0.9% -4.6% 3,560 -0.5% -6.8% 284,658 -0.3% -2.5%
65+ 3,292 3.1% 16.2% 12,110 2.6% 18.0% 2,967 2.2% 19.5% 184,569 3.1% 20.0%
  Shelburne County Lunenburg County
    % Change   % Change
  2016 1 Year 5 Year 2016 1 Year 5 Year
Total 13,808 -1.2% -6.5% 47,382 0.0% -1.7%
Under 20 2,521 -0.7% -13.5% 8,235 0.2% -5.5%
20-44 3,400 -5.0% -15.8% 11,199 -1.7% -11.4%
45-64 4,595 -1.4% -7.8% 15,838 -0.9% -4.6%
65+ 3,292 3.1% 16.2% 12,110 2.6% 18.0%
  Queens County Nova Scotia
    % Change   % Change
  2016 1 Year 5 Year 2016 1 Year 5 Year
Total 10,572 -0.5% -5.1% 949,501 0.6% 0.5%
Under 20 1,717 -2.6% -15.6% 186,139 0.1% -5.1%
20-44 2,328 -2.3% -17.0% 294,135 0.4% -2.8%
45-64 3,560 -0.5% -6.8% 284,658 -0.3% -2.5%
65+ 2,967 2.2% 19.5% 184,569 3.1% 20.0%

LABOUR MARKET SNAPSHOT:

The monthly Labour Force Survey data is available only for the Southern Region which includes Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg, Digby and Yarmouth counties.

Quarterly Employment/Unemployment*

  Southern NS Nova Scotia
  Dec-16 Dec-17 Dec-16 Dec-17
Unemployment rate (%) 9.9 8.7 7.4 7.8
Employment rate (%) 48.6 49.2 56.7 56.8
Total employment (000s) 47.5 48 448.1 451.7
*3-month moving average.

* Excluding public sector.
** Health-care, education, and public administration.

WORKFORCE PIPELINE:

Includes the South Shore Region.

Education Enrolments (2016-2017)
  2016-17
South Shore - Senior High 1,778
NSCC Lunenburg Campus (Bridgewater) 400
NSCC Shelburne Campus 200
NSCC School of Fisheries n/a
Top NSCC programs
NSCC Lunenburg   NSCC Shelburne
Business Admin   Marine-related
Nursing-related   Adult learning
Construction-related   Continuing care
Tourism hospitality   Construction-rel.
Workers' Comp Beneficiaries
  2015 2016 Change
Lunenburg 234 247 5.6%
Queens 190 194 2.1%
Shelburne 860 870 1.2%
EI Recipients by County
  Nov-16 Nov-17 Change
Shelburne 2,190 2,230 2%
Lunenburg 1,510 1,570 4%
Queens 590 590 0%

DETAILED LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION

From the 2016 Census

Municipality: Labour Force Employ-ment Unemploy-ment Rate Avg. employment income Self-employment rate % commute less than 15 minutes Top three industries by employment
Shelburne MD 2,020 1,785 11.40% $37,217 15.30% 38.00% Primary, Manufacturing, Health care
Shelburne T 845 760 10.10% $32,874 12.70% 68.30% Manufacturing, Health care, Retail
Lockeport T 205 180 12.20% $28,344 7.30% 79.40% Manufacturing, Health care, Primary
Queens RGM 4,335 3,755 13.30% $30,879 12.40% 43.20% Health care, Retail, Manufacturing
Lunenburg MD 12,330 11,285 8.40% $35,502 14.60% 32.50% Manufacturing, Health care, Retail
Bridgewater T 3,925 3,575 8.90% $32,255 6.90% 65.40% Health care, Retail, Manufacturing
Lunenburg T 940 830 11.70% $37,486 9.20% 57.70% Health care, Accom/Food, Manufacturing
Mahone Bay T 435 385 11.50% $31,144 27.10% 33.90% Health care, Retail, Professional services
Chester MD 4,955 4,445 10.20% $39,003 16.50% 32.10% Health care, Construction, Manufacturing
Nova Scotia 474,595 427,310 10.00% $39,522 9.60% 34.30% Health care, Retail, Public admin.
Income Amounts and Sources (2014)
Income shown in $Millions
  Total income $ Employment Income $ Pension Income $ Self-Employment Income $
Municipality: $$ % of NS $$ % of NS $$ % of NS $$ % of NS
Shelburne MD $ 125.9 0.4% $ 62.8 0.3% $ 29.6 0.5% $ 11.1 1.2%
Shelburne T $ 50.1 0.2% $ 24.0 0.1% $ 11.7 0.2% $ 4.8 0.5%
Lockeport T $ 15.9 0.1% $ 8.2 0.0% $ 3.1 0.1% $ 1.1 0.1%
Queens RGM $ 334.4 1.1% $ 143.4 0.8% $ 91.2 1.5% $ 14.5 1.6%
Lunenburg MD $ 786.1 2.6% $ 433.5 2.3% $ 187.9 3.1% $ 28.3 3.2%
Bridgewater T $ 267.1 0.9% $ 139.9 0.8% $ 73.4 1.2% $ 6.0 0.7%
Lunenburg T $ 72.0 0.2% $ 39.2 0.2% $ 17.5 0.3% $ 2.8 0.3%
Mahone Bay T $ 32.1 0.1% $ 15.0 0.1% $ 8.3 0.1% $ 1.1 0.1%
Chester MD $ 338.8 1.1% $ 172.5 0.9% $ 84.8 1.4% $ 12.5 1.4%