Ontario’s employment improved again in November 2021, marking the sixth consecutive month that the province saw employment increase. This was likely due to Ontario being primarily free from COVID-19 restrictions, although proof of vaccination was mandatory. 


Here is a look at how employment in Ontario was impacted in November 2021, compiled by our employment experts at Nova Staffing. All data is from the Ontario Government November 2021 Labour Market report. 



Employment Summary

In November, Ontario had 7.6 million employed individuals, up 68,100 jobs (0.9%) from October. This brought the province 113,700 (1.5%) above its pre-COVID-19 February 2020 levels. 


In November, unemployment also decreased, with 519,100 unemployed individuals, down 8.6% from the 567,900 unemployed people in the previous month. 


Employment by Age

Youth employment continued to be the most impacted in November. Youth employment (15-24) dropped by 11,600 jobs in November, after gaining 18,100 jobs in October. Unemployment for youths jumped to 11.4% from 9.9%. 


In November, adult employment (25-54) saw a major jump in employment, adding 63,800 new jobs. Unemployment for this age demographic dropped to 5.1% from 6.3% in October. After seeing no change the previous month, senior employment added 15,900 jobs in November, and unemployment for seniors dropped to 6.9% from 7.2%. 


Employment by Sector

Certain sectors continued to struggle to get to their pre-COVID levels. The sectors that saw the most employment loss were led by Accommodation and Food Services (-50.3K), Other Services (Except Public Admin) (-49.7 K), Business, Building, and Other Support Services (-32.8K), Construction (-19.5K).


Industries that saw the greatest employment growth in November 2021 were led by Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (+97.7K), Information, Culture, and Recreation (+46.5K), Wholesale and Retail Trade (+41.3K), and Finance, insurance, Real Estate, Rental and Leasing (+32.3K).


Employment by Region

Thirteen of Ontario’s CMA’s saw employment growth in November. This was led by Toronto (+32.9K), and followed by Oshawa (+7.6K), Windsor (+7.1K), Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo (+5.0K), London (+2.6K), Thunder Bay (+1.0K), Greater Sudbury (+0.9K), Barrie (+0.9K), Belleville (+0.7K), Kingston (+0.5K), Guelph (+0.4K), Peterborough (+0.3K), and Brantford (+0.1K)


The three regions that saw employment loss in Ontario in November 2021 were Ottawa-Gatineau (-3.4K), Hamilton (-2.9K), and St. Catharines-Niagara (-2.1K). 


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