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Finance Minister Wes Sheridan. TC Media file photo
P.E.I. was the only province in Atlantic Canada to see its population grow in 2013, and employment here was at an all-time-high average of 74,100.
These facts are among those compiled in the 2013 Annual Statistical Review, released this morning. This was the 40th annual review, which provides current and historic socio-economic information about Prince Edward Island.
More than 100 data tables tell the story of the province’s economic performance in 2013 and the 2011 Census results. The information can also be useful to businesses and non-governmental organizations in their planning.
The information is compiled from sources including provincial government departments, the private sector and Statistics Canada.
In his foreword, Finance Minister Wes Sheridan outlines concerns about some of the data from Statistics Canada. He noted the federal government's move to change to aboloish the mandatory long-form census and instead collect household information through a voluntary survey casts doubt on some of the numbers.
“Our Island communities are now realizing that data gathered through the voluntary National Household Survey is not as accurate and complete as it was under the mandatory long-form census," Sheridan writes.