Youth unemployment lowest on record since 1976

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Statistics Canada says youth unemployment in Nova Scotia hit an all-time low in June.

New data released yesterday shows the youth unemployment rate at 9.8%, the lowest since the Monthly Labour Force Survey began in 1976.

According to a government press release, youth employment sat at 60.6% in June, which meant the last two months have reported the highest youth employment rates in the Monthly Labour Force Survey records.

Unemployment in Nova Scotia was 6.6% last month, up from 6.5% in May, and has remained below 7% every month in 2019 thus far.

Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey says, "Government will continue to build on these successes by supporting youth to find meaningful careers through Graduate to Opportunity and other government programs."

The province says the youth unemployment rate to date has averaged 12.5%.

There hasn't been a lower six-month average for youth unemployment since the summer of 2008.