Nova Scotia unemployment rate decreases, rate remains the lowest in Atlantic Canada

September 6, 2013

Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Graham Steele says that while he is pleased with the findings of Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey, there is still more work to be done to ensure even more jobs for families around the province.

The report shows Nova Scotia’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.7 per cent, and remains the lowest in the Atlantic region.

“Nova Scotians want access to good jobs here at home. We’ve worked hard to help business large and small create those jobs,” said Minister Steele.

Steele says the Liberals and the Conservatives would have turned employers away effectively killing job opportunities for people in Nova Scotia.

“Nova Scotians need a government willing to fight for good jobs in order to build a stronger province,” said Steele.

There are actually 6,600 more people employed in Nova Scotia than there were when the NDP took office in June, 2009.

Steele says the NDP has worked hard to balance the budget, earn the province’s highest ever credit rating and the highest per capita foreign investment of any jurisdiction in Canada.

“The NDP are building a better future for Nova Scotia families. We can’t risk returning to the failed economic policies of past Liberal and Conservative governments. The Liberals are unable to outline any plan for economic development except to oppose investments that enable communities to survive and thrive.”