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Posted November 23, 2012


Employment Insurance claims rise 4.7% in Ontario.

Statscan - Following an increase in August, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in September declined slightly, by 5,700 (-1.1%), to 525,900. The number of beneficiaries edged down in Quebec, British Columbia and New Brunswick, while it rose slightly in Manitoba.

Chart 1
Employment Insurance beneficiaries down slightly in September

Claims unchanged in September

To receive EI benefits, individuals must first submit a claim. The number of claims provides an indication of the number of people who could become beneficiaries.

Nationally, the number of initial and renewal claims was virtually unchanged in September at 230,300.

The situation varied among the provinces. Claims increased 11.5% in Prince Edward Island, 9.4% in Alberta, 5.1% in Manitoba and 4.7% in Ontario. There were smaller increases of 2.7% in New Brunswick and 2.5% in British Columbia.

At the same time, claims fell 3.8% in Saskatchewan and 3.0% in Quebec. There was little change in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Chart 2
Number of claims unchanged nationally in September

Small decrease in beneficiaries in a number of provinces

The number of people receiving regular EI benefits declined slightly in September in a number of provinces. In Quebec, the number decreased 1.6%, following a notable increase of 6.2% the month before.

There were smaller declines in the number of beneficiaries in British Columbia (-1.1%) and New Brunswick (-1.0%). The number of people receiving benefits in British Columbia has held fairly steady since April, while, in New Brunswick, it was on an upward trend over the same period.

In September, the number of beneficiaries rose slightly in Manitoba, continuing an upward trend that began last April. There was little change in the other provinces in September.

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