The pandemic hurts employment in the region

La pandémie fait mal à l’emploi en région

The Montréal administrative region (either the 16 municipalities of the island of Montreal) still lags with a loss of 159 100 jobs compared to the peak reached last February. This represents a decrease of 14.2 %.

It is therefore not surprising to see that the unemployment rate in the Montreal region remains very high at 15.8 %. This is more than twice the rate recorded last February, which amounted to “only” 7 %, according to seasonally adjusted data of the Statistical Institute of Quebec, which are published in the form of moving averages over three months.

In terms of the rate of unemployment, the Montreal area is “beaten” only by the region of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, which displays a high rate of 16.5 %, compared to 6.2% in February.

He remains in the region of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean 18 100 jobs to “recreate” it to return to its employment level of February.


To this day, none of the 17 administrative regions of Quebec has not managed to recover all of the heavy job losses that occurred in the wake of the paralysis of several economic sectors since mid-march.

Even the region of the Capitale-Nationale (Quebec city) failed to meet the challenge. It still shows a “deficit” of 46 700 jobs compared to the number of jobs held in the region at the end of February.

Used to a low rate of unemployment, the National Capital is now struggling with a rate of 11.8 %, compared to 4.4% in February.


After posting a low unemployment rate of 3.2% in February, the second largest administrative region of Quebec, the Montérégie region, has seen its job market deteriorated strongly due to the pandemic.

This is why it now finds itself with an unemployment rate of 14.2 %.

The Montérégie (177 municipalities, including Longueuil, Brossard, Beloeil, Boucherville, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, etc) still has 114 900 jobs to be filled before returning to the level recorded last February.

This represents 13.8% of jobs held prior to the start of the confinement triggered by the government of François Legault to combat the COVID-19.


Four of the 17 administrative regions have managed to recover over 90 % of the jobs offered before the outbreak of the war to the COVID-19.

It is of Lanaudière (94 %), Laval (92,5 %), Chaudière-Appalaches (92,2 %), Estrie (90.1 per cent).

Not far away, in fifth place, there is the region of Bas-Saint-Laurent, which has retained approximately 89.6% of its jobs.

Follow the Outaouais region (87.9 percent) and the region of the Côte-Nord / Nord-du-Québec (to 86.7 %).

Note that this is the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, which won the honors of the lowest regional unemployment rate, 10.6 %.


Three of the 17 administrative regions continue to show declines quite important on the level of jobs posted in February.

The “worst” card is one of the region of Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, with 20 % of jobs remaining to catch up.

Then follow the Centre-du-Québec, with 19.3% of jobs not yet recovered, and the Laurentians region, at 18.4 %.

A recovery is very uneven

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