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Ottawa Employment Trends

The unemployment rate in Ottawa was 5.2% as of April 2022, down 0.1% from the previous month. The unemployment rate stood 3.8% below the peak from August 2020 and is below the long-run average.

There were 14,300 more full-time jobs in April 2022 compared to a month earlier. A loss of 1,700 part-time positions led to an increase of 12,600 total jobs in April.

Full-time employment was still down 1,400 jobs from the peak in November 2019 but stood 48,000 jobs above the trough in May 2020.

The number of full-time jobs in April was up from the previous month in agriculture, natural resources, utilities, construction, manufacturing, trade services, the financial sector, professional & scientific services, business & building services, education, healthcare, information & cultural services, accommodation & food services, and public administration.

Full-time job losses in April occurred in and transportation & warehousing.

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