Employment levels in the two hardest-hit sectors — culture & recreation and hotels & restaurants — remain more than 25 per cent below where they were in February 2020, with net declines of 7,300 and 11,300 jobs, respectively. (Data for industry sectors is unadjusted for seasonal influences.) For the local economy overall, employment is down a relatively modest 2.6 per cent, or roughly 20,000 year over year.
Other sectors still experiencing pain include transportation & warehousing (down 18 per cent year over year, or 4,600 jobs) and wholesale & retail (down 13 per cent, or 12,600 jobs).
On the other hand, several business sectors have fared well during the past year. Employment is up 29 per cent in business & support services (a net gain of 7,100 year over year) while manufacturing, which includes high-tech, saw the number of net new jobs jump 22 per cent (a gain of 4,000).
StatCan also reported modest net gains year over year in professional services (up four per cent), education (two per cent) and health care (1.6). Since these three sectors collectively employ one-third of all workers in the capital region, they proved an important source of stability.
The same was true of public administration, which accounts for 24 per cent of all jobs in Ottawa and Gatineau. The head count in this sector topped 181,000 in February — the highest since April but still a shade below where it was in February 2020.
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