The number of employment insurance recipients decreased year-over-year in both Ottawa and Gatineau, according to new Statistics Canada numbers.
Ottawa's beneficiaries declined 5.7 per cent, from 7,510 in June 2012 recipients to 7,080 during the same month this year.
In Gatineau, the beneficiaries fell 9.4 per cent, from 3,940 recipients in June 2012 to 3,570 earlier this summer.
Across the country, Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits in June was up 0.9 per cent to 512,300.
The government agency says the number of beneficiaries has recently been on a downward trajectory.
It says the number of people receiving regular benefits declined 6.4 per cent compared with June 2012.
There were increases in the number of beneficiaries in Alberta, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, while there were decreases in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island and the rest of the provinces saw little change.
To receive EI benefits, individuals must first submit a claim and the number of claims provides an indication of the number of people who could become beneficiaries.
After a decline in May, the number of initial and renewal claims was little changed in June, at 227,100, although claims were down 3.3 per cent compared with June 2012.
–With files from The Canadian Press.