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The capital region’s jobless rate remained steady at 4.4 per cent in December versus November.
Employment shrank by 1,600 but the size of labour force, which includes job seekers, dropped by nearly the same amount.
Any employment decline was on the Gatineau side where the jobless rate was five per cent, compared with 4.7 per cent in November.
On the Ottawa side, the jobless rate was down slightly to 4.2 per cent from 4.3 per cent the previous month.
There was little change in individual sectors of the capital region’s job market in December.
There were losses in professional services (down 2,600), construction (1,800) and media & culture (2,200).
These were offset in part by gains in education (up 1,600) and hotels/restaurants (1,000).
Nationally, Statistics Canada says the economy added 35,200 jobs in December and the national unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 per cent.
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