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Number of EI beneficiaries up 0.9% in October: StatsCan

Jumps in Saskatchewan and Alberta to blame for slight increase.


December 19, 2012
by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits rose slightly in October by 4,600, or 0.9%, to 535,000.

The agency says the number of beneficiaries increased slightly in Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec, with a small decline in BC.

There was virtually no change in the number of beneficiaries for Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

To receive benefits, individuals must first submit a claim and the number of claims filed indicates how many people could later become beneficiaries.

Nationally, the number of initial and renewal claims was virtually unchanged in October at 231,700.

Claims rose 6.9% in Saskatchewan and 5.7% in Alberta, but fell 2.1% in Quebec.

There was little change in the other provinces.

©The Canadian Press