The Region of Queens (“RQM”) has an employment profile that is generally typical of both the broader region (Queens County + Lunenburg County), and the province as a whole. These rural economic areas are specialised predominantly in natural resource and food production industries, and manufacturing. The addition of employment in construction, retail, hospitality, and public services (education, healthcare) at typical proportions forms the bulk of the Region of Queens’ economic base.
There are some unique outliers in the Region of Queens. There are concentrations of employment that are higher than the Nova Scotian average in the utility, administrative support, and manufacturing sectors. Additionally, the importance (level of employment) of different industries have been shifting over the past decade. The following chart presents a further analysis of this data to provide some insights into the trajectory of each economic sector, and how this can inform economic planning efforts. Each industry sector is plotted in the chart based on:
X-Axis (horizontal): Relative number of total jobs lost/gained between 2006 and 2016
Y-Axis (vertical): Concentration in the local area relative to the provincial (excluding HRM) average in 2016
Circle Diameter: Number of local jobs in this sector in 2016
Industry sectors fall into one of four quadrants, with their distance from the middle indicating the strength of each classification:
Green (top right): Locally prominent sectors that are growing
Blue (bottom right): Growing sectors that are locally under-represented
Yellow (bottom left): Shrinking sectors that are locally under-represented
Red (top left): Locally prominent sectors that have declined
Labour forces and employment opportunities are not constrained to municipal boundaries. Commuting flows can help illustrate the degree to which the Region of Queens is integrated with broader job and labour markets. The tables to the right show the proportional distribution of work commutes; first by Region of Queens residents to the location of their place of work (i.e. job market accessed by residents), and second by all workers to places of work in Region of Queens (i.e. labour market drawn on by employers).
Increasingly, residents are finding employment in neighbouring municipalities, predominantly those east of the Region of Queens. This indicates that the municipality is part of an integrated job market focussed towards Lunenburg County, but also benefits of employment opportunities as far away as Halifax.