Issue 17-171 Employment Insurance

December 19, 2017

The number of people receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits in British Columbia decreased by 580 (‑1.2%) in October compared to September, to reach 46,300 individuals. The decrease was mainly due to a decline in female recipients (‑430 persons or ‑2.2%), with male beneficiaries registering a more modest decline (‑140 persons or ‑0.5%). Among census metropolitan areas, Vancouver (‑3.6%) and Kelowna (‑0.7%) saw declines in EI recipients, while beneficiaries in Abbotsford-Mission (+22.1%) and Victoria (+1.4%) increased in the month.

The number of EI claims (an indicator of the number of future EI recipients) increased 2.7% in October compared to September. Claims increased in six of the provinces, led by Ontario (+5.8%) and Alberta (+5.4%).

Nationally, the number of EI beneficiaries changed little in October, with 430 fewer people collecting EI, a 0.1% contraction compared to September. The number of women (‑1.0%) receiving EI was down, while the number of male beneficiaries was up by 0.5%. The number of EI claims went up by 3.2% in October to reach 232,390.

Data Source: Statistics Canada