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Employment Insurance, August 2012

Released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time in The Daily, Thursday, October 18, 2012
Following three months of little change, 534,400 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in August, up 16,400 (+3.2%) from July. The number of beneficiaries rose notably in Quebec, while Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Ontario also experienced increases.

Chart 1 Employment Insurance beneficiaries up in August

Claims edge down in August
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 edged down 1.3% to 229,400 in August. Provincially, claims fell by 11.3% in Ontario, 8.7% in Alberta, 6.3% in Prince Edward Island, 5.6% in both British Columbia and Nova Scotia, and 4.0% in Manitoba. In Quebec, the number of claims increased 5.2%. There were small percentage declines in the other provinces.

The Daily, Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chart 2 Number of claims edges down in August

More beneficiaries in a number of provinces
The number of people receiving regular benefits increased in several provinces. In Quebec, following a period of declines that began earlier in the year, the number rose 7.0% in August, the largest percentage increase of all provinces. There were also notable increases in the number of beneficiaries in Alberta (+3.5%), British Columbia (+3.4%), New Brunswick (+3.4%) and Saskatchewan (+3.3%). The number of beneficiaries increased 1.9% in Ontario, while it was little changed in the other provinces.

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Note to readers
Employment Insurance regular benefits are available to eligible individuals who lose their jobs and who are available for and able to work, but can't find a job. The change in the number of regular beneficiaries reflects various situations, including people becoming beneficiaries, people going back to work, and people exhausting their regular benefits. All data in this release are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified. For more information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonal adjustment and identifying economic trends. EI statistics are produced from administrative data sources provided by Service Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. These statistics may, from time to time, be affected by changes to the Employment Insurance Act or administrative procedures. The number of regular beneficiaries and the number of claims received for July and August are preliminary. The number of beneficiaries is a measure of all people who received EI benefits from August 12 to 18. This period coincides with the reference week of the Labour Force Survey (LFS). EI statistics indicate the number of people who received EI benefits, and should not be confused with LFS data, which provide information on the total number of unemployed people. There is always a certain proportion of unemployed people who do not qualify for benefits. Some unemployed people have not contributed to the program because they have not worked in the past 12 months or their employment is not insured. Other unemployed people have contributed to the program but do not meet the eligibility criteria, such as workers who left their job voluntarily or those who did not accumulate enough hours of work to receive benefits.

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Table 1 Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory – Seasonally adjusted
July 2012p August 2012p July to August 2012 August 2011 to August 2012 July to August 2012 August 2011 to August 2012

number Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut Initial and renewal claims received Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut
p

change in number

% change

518,010 33,180 8,080 30,410 33,160 146,790 155,910 13,040 9,570 25,730 55,810 960 880 530 232,300 8,710 2,400 10,020 9,900 67,890 78,720 7,480 5,840 17,740 26,960 350 310 200

534,420 33,200 8,090 30,560 34,280 157,030 158,890 13,160 9,890 26,620 57,690 970 870 540 229,350 8,620 2,250 9,460 9,710 71,430 69,820 7,180 5,740 16,190 25,440 300 290 210

16,410 20 10 150 1,120 10,240 2,980 120 320 890 1,880 10 -10 10 -2,950 -90 -150 -560 -190 3,540 -8,900 -300 -100 -1,550 -1,520 -50 -20 10

-43,040 -3,790 -570 -2,410 210 -9,080 -14,750 -110 -420 -5,740 -3,570 30 -70 50 -29,070 -910 -330 -990 -900 -10,140 -8,830 -630 -670 -2,190 -2,820 -30 -50 0

3.2 0.1 0.1 0.5 3.4 7.0 1.9 0.9 3.3 3.5 3.4 1.0 -1.1 1.9 -1.3 -1.0 -6.3 -5.6 -1.9 5.2 -11.3 -4.0 -1.7 -8.7 -5.6 -14.3 -6.5 5.0

-7.5 -10.2 -6.6 -7.3 0.6 -5.5 -8.5 -0.8 -4.1 -17.7 -5.8 3.2 -7.4 10.2 -11.2 -9.5 -12.8 -9.5 -8.5 -12.4 -11.2 -8.1 -10.5 -11.9 -10.0 -9.1 -14.7 0.0

  preliminary Note(s):   The number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits excludes claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.

Available without charge in CANSIM: tables 276-0001 to 276-0004, 276-0006, 276-0009 and 276-0011. Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2604. Data tables are also now available online. From the Key resource module of our website under Summary tables, choose Subject, then Labour. Data on Employment Insurance for September will be released on November 22. For more information, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116; infostats@statcan.gc.ca). To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Vincent Ferrao (613-951-4750; vincent.ferrao@statcan.gc.ca), Labour Statistics Division.

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