Not a pretty picture on full-time work in Nova Scotia

Sorry to be such a downer heading into the long weekend.  But I did promise earlier in the week that I would get back to public policy for the blog.

This morning, Statistics Canada released its Labour Force Survey.  Most of the media attention so far is focused on positive national news.  I wish that news could be shared in  Nova Scotia.

In July 2017, 450,200 Nova Scotians were employed. That’s a drop of 3,600 from the 453,800 Nova Scotians who had jobs in July 2013.

Of the above numbers, 364,500 Nova Scotians had full-time jobs. That’s a drop of 2,500 from the 367,000 Nova Scotians who had full-time jobs in July 2013.

When we factor in how things have been over the last eight years, the picture on full-time work gets worse. In July 2009, 371,400 Nova Scotians had full-time employment.

This means that over the last eight years, 6,900 fewer Nova Scotians had a full-time job.

Check the numbers out for yourself at

Some have suggested this isn’t a bad thing and is simply the result of an economy that’s more focused on part-time, contract and flexible work opportunities.

I would like to see the evidence to support that view.  I believe that full-time employment helps provide income stability for individuals and households.   More people working full-time should also expand our tax base, helping provide governments with the revenues they need to invest in programs and services that help us a society.

What should we be doing to help create a better climate for full-time employment in this province? I have some ideas, which I will expand on in future. I would love to hear yours.