The size of the region’s labour force ​– which includes people who are actively looking for work ​– increased by 9,500 to an all-time high of 832,000 last month.
While the region's economy added 7,600 jobs, the labour force also jumped by an additional 10,200 as more people resumed their search for work, Statistics Canada says.
Employers added nearly 8,000 new jobs to their payrolls last month, StatsCan says, but those gains were offset by more people looking for work.
Region's jobless rate dropped to 6.5 per cent in February, down from 6.7 per cent the previous month and its lowest level since the start of the pandemic, StatsCan said Friday.
The number of people working in Ottawa-Gatineau rose by about 9,600 last month, Statistics Canada said, while the labour force also grew.
The region’s labour force ​– which includes unemployed people actively looking for work ​– stood at just under 782,000, well below last January’s pre-pandemic total of about 822,000.
That’s the lowest the rate has been since April, when it stood at 6.9 per cent in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis.
Region’s economy shed some 2,700 net jobs last month, Statistics Canada says.
The total number of employed residents in the National Capital Region is at its highest level since the pandemic began, Statistics Canada said Friday.
Region added nearly 10,000 new positions in August, but employment-seekers returning to the market en masse drove up jobless rate.