The number of people in Ottawa receiving regular employment insurance benefits was up in November when compared to the previous month, according to seasonally-adjusted numbers from Statistics Canada.
There were 7,150 Ottawa residents receiving EI benefits for the month, an increase from 7,100 in October.
However that number was down when compared to the same period the year before, when 7,350 people claimed benefits.
Gatineau saw an even bigger decline, with the number of people claiming EI benefits dropping 9.3 per cent from last year.
In November 2013, 3,410 Gatineau residents received EI benefits. That’s compared to 3,760 during the same period the year before, representing a drop of 350 people.
Gatineau also saw a decline from October, when 3,470 people received benefits.
Nationally Statistics Canada says 512,300 people were getting regular employment insurance benefits in November, a number virtually unchanged from October.
The agency says the number of EI beneficiaries has been relatively stable since May 2013.
The number of people on EI rose in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, with little change in other provinces.
In Prince Edward Island, the number of beneficiaries was up 2.4 from October.
Nova Scotia reported a 1.6 per cent increase in November.
In New Brunswick, the number of EI recipients was up 1.2 per cent.
–With files from The Canadian Press.