Ontario Employment Outlook: July 2021 Report

Ontario’s employment continued to improve in July 2021, following June’s trend. This was likely due to the province moving into Stage 2 of reopening at the end of June and into Stage 3 in the middle of July. More types of businesses were allowed to reopen and expand capacity, helping employment. 


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



Employment Summary

In July, Ontario had 7.4 million (59.8%) employed individuals, up 72,400 from June, a 1% increase. Employment was still 1.6% below its pre-COVID-10 February 2020 levels. 


Unemployment also improved in July. Ontario’s unemployment rate dropped down to 4% from 8.4% in June. In total, 641,900 people were unemployed, down 4% from the previous month.


Employment by Age

Youth employment (15-24) saw a 42,500 job increase in July. This was a slower increase than the previous month, but unemployment dropped down to 14.5% from 17.2% in June.


Adult employment (25-54) added 47,200 employed individuals, a 1% increase from the previous month. Unemployment stayed unchanged at 6.5%. Senior unemployment (55+) didn’t improve in July, however. This demographic saw 17,400 fewer jobs in July, though unemployment did drop to 8.2% from 8.3% in June. 


Employment by Sector

Different industries continued to be hit harder by COVID-19 precautions than others, even moving into reopening Stage 2 and Stage 3. Sectors that were furthest from their pre-COVID-19 levels were Accommodation and Food Services (-80.2%), Construction (-39.2%), Information, Culture, and Recreation (-31.1%), Business, Building, and Other Support Services (-22.2%), and Transportation and Warehousing (-22.2%).


Other industries saw employment gains in July 2021. These sectors include Professional, Scientific, and Technical Service (+67.5%), Manufacturing (+27.1%), Public Administration (+17.4%), Health Care and Social Assistance (+11.3%), and Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Rental and Leasing (+7.4%).


Employment by Region

Twelve of Ontario’s sixteen CMA’s saw employment gains in July 2021. Toronto led with 44.4%, followed by Barrie (+4.6%), Ottawa-Gatineau (+3.3%), Oshawa (+3.1%), Guelph (+2.3%), St. Catharines-Niagara (+2.2%), Belleville (+1.6%), London (+0.7%), Windsor (+0.3%), Brantford (+0.2%), Kingston (+0.2%), and Thunder Bay (+0.1%).


Only four of Ontario’s CMAs saw employment loss, including Hamilton (-2.5%), Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo (-0.8%), Greater Sudbury (-0.5%), and Peterborough (-0.4%). 


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