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Canada. Unemployment up

Following three months of little change, 534,400 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in August, up 16,400 (+3.2%) from July.

The number of beneficiaries rose notably in Quebec, while Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Ontario also experienced increases.

Claims edge down in August

To receive EI benefits, individuals must first submit a claim. The number of claims provides an indication of the number of people who could become beneficiaries.

Nationally, the number of initial and renewal claims edged down 1.3% to 229,400 in August.

Provincially, claims fell by 11.3% in Ontario, 8.7% in Alberta, 6.3% in Prince Edward Island, 5.6% in both British Columbia and Nova Scotia, and 4.0% in Manitoba. In Quebec, the number of claims increased 5.2%. There were small percentage declines in the other provinces.

More beneficiaries in a number of provinces

The number of people receiving regular benefits increased in several provinces. In Quebec, following a period of declines that began earlier in the year, the number rose 7.0% in August, the largest percentage increase of all provinces.

There were also notable increases in the number of beneficiaries in Alberta (+3.5%), British Columbia (+3.4%), New Brunswick (+3.4%) and Saskatchewan (+3.3%).

The number of beneficiaries increased 1.9% in Ontario, while it was little changed in the other provinces.

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