Fewer Canadians are claiming employment insurance

by Steve Randall23 Aug 2019

The number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in June was 442,600, virtually unchanged from the previous month.

Year-over-year, there were 21,300 fewer EI beneficiaries, a 4.3% reduction.

Statistics Canada says that the month-over-month data shows an increase in EI beneficiaries in Quebec while there was a decrease in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.

Year-over-year decreases occurred in all provinces, with the exception of New Brunswick and Manitoba, where the number was little changed. However, the decrease was almost entirely due to a drop in the fall of 2018.

The number of claims nationwide, which is an indicator of those who may become beneficiaries was down 1.4% to 227,300 in June. Year-over-year this figure fell 4.1% with decreases in all provinces with the exception of British Columbia, where claims increased 3.5% on a year-over-year basis.

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