Nineteen of the region's 26 municipalities spent more than 60 per cent of their budgets on employee compensation and contracted services.
Employers often have imperfect information about the potential productivity of new hires.
Government salaries and benefits comprise approximately 42 per cent of the province's spending.
The average work hours of Canadians decreased by about 4 per cent between 2000 and 2018.
The region's government-sector workers enjoy an average wage premium of 11.9 per cent.