The number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits in Ottawa dropped 1.9 per cent in July, to 7,120, according to Statistics Canada.
In Gatineau the number of EI recipients was down eight per cent, to 3,210, from June to July.
Compared to the same period last year, the number of people receiving EI in Ottawa has fallen 13.2 per cent, from 8,200 in July 2012.
The year-to-year decline in Gatineau has been smaller, with the number of EI recipients falling 3.9 per cent, from 3,340 in July 2012.
Nationally Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular EI benefits fell 2.1 per cent in July to 503,900.
It says the decline brings the number of beneficiaries to a level similar to that observed before the start of the labour-market downturn in 2008.
On a year-over-year basis, the number of people on EI dropped 5.7 per cent from July 2012.
The agency says the number of beneficiaries fell in most provinces, with notable declines in Quebec, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Saskatchewan.
Nova Scotia, Alberta and New Brunswick also showed declining numbers, while there was a slight increase in Prince Edward Island.
There was little change in Ontario and British Columbia.
-With files from The Canadian Press