Employment declined by 0.2% in 2017, the second worst performance among the provinces and the second year in a row with an employment drop. The number of people unemployed and the unemployment rate were effectively unchanged but the number of people exiting the labour force increased.
Other selected employment trends during the year are listed below:
- Employment increased among women and older workers. It fell among men and those 15 to 24 years of age.
- The proportion of workers with a post-secondary education continued to increase but is still the second lowest among the provinces.
- Aboriginal employment increased substantially among off-Reserve residents with a particularly large increase among those with a First Nations identity.
- Employment fell among recent immigrants but grew among those who have been in Canada longer.
- Part-time employment among those who would rather have full-time employment increased sharply; full-time employment and voluntary part-time employment declined.
- Self-employment declined whereas paid employment increased, particularly among those in temporary or casual positions.
- Wage rates were effectively unchanged in 2017 but are still the second highest among the provinces.