The city saw a 36.6 per cent increase in people receiving employment benefits in July compared to the month before, according to new numbers from Statistics Canada.
According to a release from the federal agency, 5,560 people were receiving employment benefits this past July, up from 4,070 the month before.
Provincewide, the amount of people receiving benefits had gone up, with Ontario seeing a 5.1 per cent increase over the same time period. Nationally, the number was up 2.0 per cent.
However, when looking year to year, Oshawa is on the plus side, with the city seeing an 8.6 per cent decrease when comparing July 2014 – when 6,080 people were receiving benefits – and July of this year.