Issue 18-13: Employment Insurance

January 18, 2018

The number of people receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits in British Columbia increased by 440 (+0.9%) in November compared to October, to reach 47,020 individuals. The increase was due to a rise in the number of male recipients (+550 persons or +2.0%) offsetting a decline in the number of female recipients (‑100 persons or ‑0.5%).

The increase in beneficiaries in British Columbia was concentrated in Kelowna (+140 persons or +5.1%) and outside census metropolitan areas (CMAs). Vancouver (‑160 persons or ‑1.1%) was the only CMA registering fewer EI recipients in November.

The number of EI claims (an indicator of the number of future EI recipients) fell by 1.4% in November compared to October. Claims decreased in five of the provinces, led by Ontario (‑7.9%) and Prince Edward Island (‑2.9%).

Nationally, the number of EI beneficiaries decreased in November, with 3,480 fewer people collecting EI, a 0.7% contraction compared to October. The number of both women (‑0.8%) and men (‑0.6%) receiving EI was down for the month. The number of EI claims went down by 1.6% in November to reach 228,320.

Data Source: Statistics Canada