Issue 18-69 Employment Insurance

April 19, 2018

The number of people receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits in British Columbia decreased by 250 (‑0.5%) in February compared to January, to reach 45,370 individuals. The decrease was primarily due to a decline in the number of male recipients (-240 persons or -0.9%) although the number of female recipients also declined (‑20 persons or ‑0.1%).

The decrease in beneficiaries in British Columbia was widespread across census agglomerations (-260 persons or -2.0%) and outside census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations (-80 persons or -0.7%). Among census metropolitan areas, Vancouver is the only one that saw an increase in beneficiaries (+180 persons or +1.2%), while Victoria observed the largest decline (-40 persons or -1.9%).

The number of EI claims (an indicator of the number of future EI recipients) went down by 0.7% in February compared to January. Claims decreased in seven of the provinces, led by Ontario (-9.1%) and Quebec (-7.0%).

Nationally, the number of EI beneficiaries decreased in February, with 11,250 fewer people collecting EI, a 2.3% contraction compared to January. Although the number of women receiving EI declined in the month (‑1,750 persons or -1.0%), the decrease was almost entirely driven by fewer male recipients (‑9,500 persons or ‑3.1%). The number of EI claims went down by 5.3% in February to reach 224,340.

Data Source: Statistics Canada