Number of Canadians receiving EI edges up

Newfoundland and Labrador only jurisdiction to buck the trend as number of recipients increases 3.9 per cent
||Last Updated: 04/10/2003

The number of Canadians receiving employment insurance benefits in July rose 3.9 per cent from June.

That translates into about 573,150 people who received EI benefits. The largest month-to-month gains were in Manitoba (up 9.9 per cent) and Saskatchewan (9.3 per cent). Newfoundland and Labrador was the only jurisdiction to show a decrease in the number of people receiving benefits.

Payments made in July totaled $809.4 million, up 20.7 per cent from June. Here are the statistics by jurisdiction:

Jurisdiction/Per cent change

Canada: 3.9%

Newfoundland and Labrador: -1.6%

Prince Edward Island: 3.8%

Nova Scotia: 3.1%

New Brunswick: 7.9%

Quebec: 6.9%

Ontario: 1.3%

Manitoba: 9.9%

Saskatchewan: 9.3%

Alberta: 1.9%

British Columbia: 0.9%

Yukon: 0%

Northwest Territories and Nunavut: 8.8%

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