Issue 17-109: Employment Insurance

September 21, 2017

The number of people receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits in British Columbia increased by 740 (+1.5%) in July compared to the previous month, to reach 50,980 individuals. The increase was concentrated among women (+5.0%), while the number of male beneficiaries fell by 1.0%.

British Columbia saw the largest increase in EI recipients among census metropolitan areas in Abbotsford-Mission (+23.6%) and Victoria (+6.2%), while Vancouver (-0.1) and Kelowna (-1.3%) saw declines for the month.

The number of EI claims (an indicator of the number of future beneficiaries) increased 12.1% in July compared to the previous month, the largest increase among provinces. The number of claims is likely to have been influenced by the large number of people displaced and the economic disruptions caused by the forest fires in several areas of British Columbia during the summer.

Nationally, there was also an increase in recipients, with 6,750 more people collecting EI, a 1.3% increase compared to June. The number of women receiving EI nationally was up (+4.6%), while the number of men collecting EI fell slightly by 0.7% for the month. The number of EI claims grew by 2.7% in July to reach 245,200.

Data Source: Statistics Canada