Did you know?
- the Annapolis Valley economic region covers Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties
- as of July 2017, the population in this region was 124,808 (Source: Statistics Canada estimate)
- 3,487 Valley businesses and institutions have employees (Source: Canada Business Counts, Statistics Canada, December 2017)
- 5,497 Valley businesses and institutions do not have employees (Source: Canada Business Counts, Statistics Canada, December 2017)
- 55% of Valley establishments are in the private services sector, 30% are in the goods sector, 10% are in the public services sector (Source: Canada Business Counts, Statistics Canada, December 2017)
- industries with the most businesses and institutions in this region are: wholesale and retail, with 16%; construction, with 15%, and other services, with 11% (Source: Canada Business Counts, Statistics Canada, December 2017)
- agricultural enterprises make up a larger share (8%) of businesses and institutions in the Annapolis Valley than in any other region of Nova Scotia
- 53% of Valley establishments have fewer than five employees and 98% have up to 100 employees
- 825 job postings were unfilled (“vacant”) in the first quarter of 2018 – an increase of 110 compared with the first quarter of 2017
- the vacancy rate of 2.2% climbed from 1.9% in the same quarter in 2017
- the year-to-date unemployment rate was 7.8% in August 2018
(Source: Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada; Labour Market Trends, Province of Nova Scotia)
As an economic development officer and research analyst with the Valley REN, Rachel Brighton brings 25 years’ experience as a journalist, editor, publisher, manager, consultant and not-for-profit director in Canada and Australia.