New Brunswick and Nova Scotia doing poorly in comparison to other provinces – update

Provincial job creation comparisons: Is Quebec the new ‘boom’ province? January 2012 – January 2013 shows Quebec with the largest % gain year-over-year when compared to NB, NS, ON and AB. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia both had significant job losses year-over-year for January. See details here.

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Climate Change in the Maritimes

Trends in surface air temperature from randomly selected stations in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are shown below. Data are from Environment Canada homogenized dataset (Adjusted and Homogenized Canadian Climate Data (AHCCD)). Data need to be adjusted to account for relocation of temperature instruments, instrument replacements, changes in time of day at which data are collected, etc. (see Surface Temperature Measurement Reliability).

The temperature data (blue dots) shown are the mean annual temperature for a given year. Probability values (in brackets after the station name) are the Pr values for linear regression analysis. Values less than 0.05 are generally considered to be statistically significant. Linear regressions do not necessarily provide the best fit to the data, but are a simple starting point. In most cases, the scatterplots of the data show the trend clearly enough. All but one station exhibit statistically significant warming over the time period measured.

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Job Creation in New Brunswick vs other Provinces in Canada 2010-2012

In order to put New Brunswick’s job creation (or lack thereof) into perspective, the charts below show job creation (Number of Persons Employed) in selected other provinces, as well as Canada as a whole. All data come from Statistics Canada (Table 282-0054). Data for Canada are the averages of all provinces (Territories excluded). The previous post shows New Brunswick regional data.

Data run from January (JA) to December (DE) for each of the three years. Scroll over the bars to see the actual numbers for that month/year. Note that in both cases, the numbers are three-month rolling averages and are unadjusted for seasonality. By comparing the column heights and numbers for a given month over the three-year period, you can determine the net job creation (or loss) year over year. Those are good indicators as to whether the local economy is growing or not.

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