Amid overall positive jobs report, tech sector sheds 2,700 jobs
Since the start of this year alone, local employers have collectively hired 21,300 net new staff.
The federal government added 1,900 jobs in Ottawa-Gatineau while the region’s tech sector shed 1,400 jobs.
Businesses and organizations in the National Capital Region have added 12,100 new positions during the first quarter, raising the number of employed residents to an all-time high of 736,900.
Since October, Ottawa-Gatineau has added 15,100 jobs.
The National Capital Region continued to lower its unemployment rate in January, adding 4,600 jobs in the first month of the year according to data released Friday by Statistics Canada.
The good jobs news came despite the region’s largest employer, the federal government, shedding 5,600 positions.
Despite last month’s gains, there were still some 7,800 fewer local residents working in November than at the labour market’s high-water mark in February.
Unemployment rate steady at 5.8% as labour force contracts
September’s job report marked the third straight month that employment levels in Ottawa-Gatineau declined.