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.
Job losses in tech and public-service sectors were offset by gains in retail, accommodation and construction sectors.
But latest figures offer hope that job losses in hard-hit sectors have bottomed out
Jobless rate reaches highest level in more than a decade.
Region’s unemployment rate climbs to 6.9 per cent – up from 4.3 per cent prior to the pandemic.
Initial wave of cuts leads to loss of 17,200 jobs in the National Capital Region
Ottawa-Gatineau’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.3 per cent in January from 4.4 per cent in December despite a drop in the number of people who were working last month, Statistics Canada sa
Employers in Ottawa-Gatineau shed about 1,600 jobs from their collective payrolls in December, but a dip in the size of the labour force helped the unemployment rate in the region hold steady
The region’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in November as a rise in the size of the labour force outpaced a slight increase in the overall number of workers