Issue 16-158: Employment Insurance

August 18, 2016

The number of British Columbians receiving regular employment insurance (EI) benefits dropped 2.1% (seasonally adjusted) in June, to 50,180, continuing on a downward trend that began in August 2015. The number of beneficiaries in British Columbia was 5.8% lower than in June 2015.

Nationally, there was little change (+0.1%) in the number of EI recipients in June. P.E.I. saw the largest increase, with the number of beneficiaries climbing 6.5%, followed by New Brunswick (+5.5%) and Nova Scotia (+1.0%). Additional provinces also posted slight increases, but others, including most of western Canada, saw the number of beneficiaries decline, offsetting rises in other parts of the country.

Data Source: Statistics Canada