Issue 18-148 Employment Insurance

August 23, 2018

The number of people receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits in British Columbia decreased by 200 (‑0.5%) in June compared to May, to reach 40,970 individuals. The decrease was driven by a decline in female recipients (-170 persons or -1.0%), while male recipients saw a very slight drop in the month (-30 persons or ‑0.1%).

The decrease in beneficiaries in British Columbia was widespread across census agglomerations (-120 persons or -1.1%) and outside census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations (-140 persons or -1.5%). Among census metropolitan areas (+50 persons or 0.2%), Kelowna (-30 persons or -1.3%) and Victoria (-10 persons or -0.5%) saw fewer EI recipients in the month, more than offset by a larger number of recipients in Vancouver (+20 persons or +0.1%) and Abbotsford-Mission (+60 persons or +3.6%).

The number of EI claims in British Columbia (an indicator of the number of future EI recipients) went up by 0.5% in June compared to the previous month.

Nationally, the number of EI beneficiaries increased in June, with 3,760 more people collecting EI, a 0.8% climb compared to May. Although the number of women receiving EI declined in the month (‑2,700 persons or ‑1.6%), it was not enough to offset the upsurge in male recipients (+6,460 persons or +2.3%). The number of EI claims went up by 3.7% in June to reach 236,200. Claims increased in all provinces, except Newfoundland and Labrador (-4.3%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada