Published on March 12th, 2010
Ottawa Business Journal
Despite the addition of 1,400 jobs in the National Capital Region, the Ottawa-Gatineau unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage points to 6.1 per cent in February, according to new data released Friday by Statistics Canada.
The rise in the number of jobless people was largely as a result of an influx of workers into the local economy, with 2,300 people joining the Ottawa-Gatineau labour force.
The creation of jobs was repeated elsewhere in the country, leading to an overall employment gain of 21,000 and a 0.1-percentage-point decline in the unemployment rate, to 8.2 per cent.