Economic Data & Reports

The Halifax Partnership measures growth in Halifax by tracking key economic indicators that detail trends affecting Halifax's business climate.

Halifax Quarterly Economic Highlights - Winter 2019

  • Halifax’s GDP growth rate is forecasted to slow to 1.4% in 2019 and average 1.6% between 2019 and 2022
  • Consumer purchasing power increased slightly since last quarter, while average weekly earnings remained steady.
  • International enrolment in Halifax universities continues to climb and totalled 7,156 students in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • The unemployment rate dropped to 6.0% from 7.1% in Q4 2017.
  • The number of job vacancies fell from 6,760 in Q2 2018 to 6,360 in Q3 2018. The job vacancy rate fell over the same period from 3.3% to 3.0%. The average offered hourly wage in Q3 2018 was $18.80/hour, up from $17.95/hour in Q2 2018.
  • Q4 2018 Port of Halifax cargo traffic fell by 7.2% from Q4 2017.
  • Housing starts totalled 2,871 in 2018 but are forecasted to come in below 2,400 annually over the next few years in Halifax.
  • Vacancy rates for Class-A office space rose in Q4 2018, while average rents declined for the fourth quarter in a row.
  • The industrial real estate market continued to tighten in Q4 2018 as we saw another decrease in availability of industrial space and an increase in average asking net rent.

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