The number of people receiving employment insurance benefits declined in both Ottawa and Gatineau in October, according to figures released Thursday by Statistics Canada.
There were 7,060 people on EI in Ottawa for the month. That’s down from 7,520 during the same period a year earlier, representing a 6.1-per cent drop.
There was also a decrease – to 3,510 from 3,850 – in the number of people getting benefits in Gatineau. That’s a 8.8-per cent drop.
Those numbers kept the region in line with what happened across the country for the month..
Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits across the country was little changed in October at 510,500, following a decline in September.
It says the number of beneficiaries was down 8.4 per cent compared with October 2012.
The agency says British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan were the only provinces with notable increases in the number of regular EI beneficiaries in October compared with September.
In B.C., the number of beneficiaries was up 10.1 per cent, while Alberta saw its numbers rise 1.2 per cent and Saskatchewan had a 1.0 per cent increase.
New Brunswick was the lone province to record a decrease.
Numbers were little changed in the other Atlantic provinces and in Ontario and Quebec.
–With files from The Canadian Press.