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Canada | Employment Insurance | Recipients Fell by 6,700 and claims down

In February, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits fell by 6,700 (-1.2%) to 552,800.

The number of beneficiaries fell in six provinces, with the largest percentage declines occurring in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec.

Chart 1 
Fewer Employment Insurance beneficiaries in February

Number of Employment Insurance claims down in February

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 fell by 5,900 (-2.5%) to 236,100 in February. The largest percentage decline was observed in Quebec, where claims fell 6.3%. At the same time, there was little change in the other provinces.

Chart 2
Employment Insurance claims down in February


Read More @ Employment Insurance, February 2012.


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