Fewer people were receiving employment insurance benefits in both Ottawa and Gatineau in August, according to numbers released this week from Statistics Canada.
There were 7,220 Ottawa residents registered for employment insurance in August. That’s down 6.4 per cent from 7,710 during the same period a year earlier, Stats Can said.
In Gatineau, 3,240 people were receiving benefits, a 17.3-per cent drop from 3,920 a year earlier.
Nationally, Stats Can says 511,900 people were getting regular employment insurance benefits in August, up 1.5 per cent, or 7,800, from July.
However, the agency says the number of beneficiaries was down 7.8 per cent compared with August 2012.
The majority of provinces saw increases in the number of beneficiaries in August compared with July, most notably Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec.
The number of regular EI beneficiaries in Alberta rose by 3.6 per cent in August, offsetting a July decline.
There were 2.2 per cent more beneficiaries in British Columbia in August, the first such increase in the province in almost two years.
There were fewer people on the EI rolls in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, while there was little overall change in New Brunswick.
–With files from The Canadian Press