The province's median employment income was $3,350 lower than the Canadian average.
A lower employment rate also has implications for government finances.
The province's lagging underscores the need for pro-growth policy reform.
The minimum wage debate raging in the United States has spilled into Canada sparking renewed interest in government-mandated wage floors. Labour activists are out in full force pushing governments to legislate higher pay for low-wage workers and one version calls on municipalities to decree a living wage law. While these laws may sound like a good idea in theory, they do little to help the most vulnerable workers in practice.