This is the latest version of the Statscan report on Labour: http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/cst01/lfss03a-eng.htm
The data is only for people in the labour force and therefore is only people age 15 and older. The population went up by 4.1 thousand between March 2009 and March 2010 for people age 15 and over.
On top of this there is reportedly a baby boom in the Halifax area: (source http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia...lifax-iwk.html
). PS: (edited) It is tempting just to add the births in one year to the increase in the over 15 age group (labour statistics population number), but I have a feeling that this might not be correct for one reason or another - I think because in the one year period 14 year olds move to the over 15 year group. Also, the 5000 births are only for IWK. Nevertheless, this indicates a significant population growth in the Halifax area. Statistics indicating estimated overall
population increase come out in July of each year.
One of the biggest hospitals in the Maritimes is bracing for a baby boom.
Officials at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax expect between 4,900 and 5,000 babies will be born at the hospital this year — the most since the early 1990s.
That would be 130 more babies than last year.
"Lots of babies, lots of moms. It's extremely busy," said Ann McCabe, director of health for women and newborns.
McCabe said the number of births has gone up about eight per cent since 2006-07. The trend can be attributed to a population shift in Halifax, medical advances and older mothers.
PS: Nova Scotia added 4,000 full time jobs in March 2010 (source: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/1176496.html
). And it should be noted that the population of Nova Scotia has started to increase again, so the increase in population in the Halifax area isn't just people moving from other parts of the province. (So much for all the doom and gloom scenarios of a shrinking population and labour shortages).
Nova Scotia added 1,500 jobs in March and 2,700 fewer people were looking for work.
About 4,000 more people in the province had full-time employment and 2,400 fewer had part-time jobs.