Job insurance claims are an indication of the number of people who could begin receiving unemployment benefits. Year-on-year, claims rose 8.7%, the agency said.
EI claims increased in seven provinces in August, led by Alberta (+14.8%) – which is struggling with falling oil prices, Ontario (+7%) – the biggest province by population, and Newfoundland and Labrador (+4.5%). Claims also increased in British Columbia (+2.8%), Quebec (+2.6%), Saskatchewan (+2.5%) and New Brunswick (+1.3%).
At the same time however, claims decreased in Prince Edward Island (-3.8%) and Nova Scotia (-1.3%), while the number of claims was unchanged in Manitoba.
In August, the number of people receiving regular benefits fell 7,900 compared with July, a decrease of 1.4% to 536,800. But on a year-over-year basis, the number of EI beneficiaries increased by 35,600 or 7.1%.
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The number of Employment Insurance (EI) claims in Canada increased by 4.9% month-on-month to 242,400 in August, according to figures from Statistics Canada on Thursday.