Ottawa’s labour market down 24,900 jobs since March



a woman holding a pink umbrella: The hospitality and food services industry has been one of Ottawa's hardest hit job sectors since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with more than 10,000 jobs lost since March.


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The hospitality and food services industry has been one of Ottawa’s hardest hit job sectors since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with more than 10,000 jobs lost since March.

The City of Ottawa released a breakdown of recent employment numbers on Wednesday, showing the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the local economy.

Ottawa’s labour force lost 24,900 jobs since March, which translates to an approximate 4.35 per cent decline overall.

The job sectors hardest hit, according to the report, include: the hospitality and food services industry, wholesale and retail and the professional, scientific and technical services industries. 

Since the shutdown in March, and slow recovery over the summer, some industries were able to partially recoup job losses while others continued to see a decline. 

Ottawa’s hospitality and food services industry lost 10,400 jobs, down from 30,700 in March, but the sector did see a 4,600 bump

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