Issue 18-91 Employment Insurance

May 24, 2018

The number of people receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits in British Columbia decreased by 1,440 (‑3.2%) in March compared to February, to reach 43,610 individuals. The decrease was equally distributed between male (-720 persons or -2.7%) and female recipients (-720 persons or -4.0%).

The decrease in beneficiaries in British Columbia was widespread across census metropolitan areas (-630 persons or -2.9%), census agglomerations (-550 persons or -4.4%) and outside census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations (-270 persons or -2.6%). Among census metropolitan areas, Abbotsford-Mission observed the largest percentage decline (-190 persons or -9.7%).

The number of EI claims in British Columbia (an indicator of the number of future EI recipients) went down by 2.6% in March compared to the previous month.

Nationally, the number of EI beneficiaries decreased in March, with 7,250 fewer people collecting EI, a 1.5% contraction compared to February. Although the number of women receiving EI declined in the month (‑550 persons or -0.3%), the decrease was almost entirely driven by fewer male recipients (‑6,700 persons or ‑2.3%). The number of EI claims went up by 1.6% in March to reach 227,020. Claims increased in five of the provinces, led by Quebec (+7.2%) and Ontario (+3.4%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada