New data from Statistics Canada shows just how much Canadian employment went down in the month of January 2021 alone.
Job losses in Ontario and Quebec in January.
According to the report, the people that lost their jobs were mostly part-time employees in the retail sector.
Other industries that were heavily impacted were food services and information, culture and recreation.
These were the "industries most affected by new and continuing public health restrictions."
While Quebec and Ontario had imposed curfews and strict health measures respectively, their workforce took a serious hit.
Meanwhile, employment rose in other provinces including Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and P.E.I.
In December, employment in Canada declined by 53,000 which is just a fraction of the numbers we're seeing from January.