Durham Region Association of REALTORS®

Oshawa Employment Trends

The unemployment rate in Oshawa was 7.9% as of March 2021, down 0.1% from the previous month. The unemployment rate stood 4.8% below the peak from July 2020 but remains above the long-run average.

There were 400 fewer full-time jobs in March 2021 compared to a month earlier. A loss of 1,600 part-time positions led to a decrease of 2,000 total jobs in March.

Full-time employment was still down 6,600 jobs from the peak in April 2019 but stood 7,900 jobs above the recent trough in June 2020.

The number of full-time jobs in March was up from the previous month in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, trade services, transportation & warehousing, the financial sector, healthcare, and accommodation & food services.

Full-time job losses in March occurred in natural resources, utilities, professional & scientific services, business & building services, education, information & cultural services, and public administration.

* All figures are seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving averages. Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal fluctuations.