Issue 16-142: Employment Insurance

July 21, 2016

The number of B.C. residents receiving regular Employment Insurance (E.I.) payments totalled 51,770 (seasonally adjusted) in May, a 1.8% increase from April. Despite the recent increase, the number of beneficiaries remained lower (-1.4%) than in May of 2015.

Nationally, the number of E.I. beneficiaries edged up (+0.9%), with just three provinces recording increases. A 12.1% jump in the number of E.I. recipients in Alberta was the driving force behind the increase at the national level. Since May of 2015, the number of beneficiaries in Canada has climbed 2.4%, due in large part to a 58.6% year-over-year surge recorded in Alberta.

Data Source: Statistics Canada