There were 531,700 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in June, up 5,200 or 1.0% from May.
Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of beneficiaries increased by 20,300 (+4.0%).
In Alberta, the number of beneficiaries rose for the eighth consecutive month, up 7.7% in June. Increases were also posted in Saskatchewan (+4.9%) and Manitoba (+3.6%). In contrast, there were fewer beneficiaries in Prince Edward Island (-2.5%), with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick both also showing a small decrease in the number of beneficiaries.
Chart 1 Number of regular Employment Insurance beneficiaries