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LMI Dashboard – Q4 2020 Update

  • The size of the North Shore labour force declined slightly in Nov. 2020 compared to last year.
  • Total employment in the North Shore region is down about 3,000 (-4%) in November over last year.
  • The unemployment rate dropped from 7.1% last year to only 5.9% in November 2020.
  • Primary industries, manufacturing and the public sector saw employment growth year over year.
  • But government support programs such as the CEWS are masking some weakness in the labour market
  • After CEWS was merged into the EI program, EI beneficiaries in Oct. 2020 were up 73% over last year.
  • There were 2,780 EI beneficiaries in Pictou County compared to 1,610 in the same month last year.
  • The number of permanent residents admitted to Pictou County dropped from 105 through Oct. last year to only 35 this year.
  • The number of job vacancies across the North Shore region has been rising in recent years (up 15% in Q1 2020).
  • The top occupations in demand are sales and service, manufacturing, food services, trades and health.
  • In Pictou County, the top job postings are for customer service clerks, computer programmers, nurses, college instructors and help desk agents.
  • In the media, rural broadband push means 97% coverage by 2022; Aqua Production Systems building new HQ and Trenton Park expanding.