Following a small decline in September, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in October edged up 4,600 (+0.9%) to 535,000.
The number of beneficiaries increased slightly in Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec, while it edged down in British Columbia.
Claims unchanged in October
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 was virtually unchanged in October at 231,700.
Claims increased 6.9% in Saskatchewan and 5.7% in Alberta. At the same time, they fell by 2.1% in Quebec. There was little change in the other provinces.
Slight increase in beneficiaries in five provinces
The number of people receiving regular benefits in October rose slightly in five provinces.
In Alberta, the number of people receiving benefits was up 1.7%, the third increase in four months.
In New Brunswick, the number increased 1.5%, continuing an upward trend that began last May.
The number of beneficiaries rose 1.4% in Ontario, offsetting a decline of similar magnitude the month before.
Manitoba also experienced a 1.4% increase, continuing an upward trend that began last May.
In Quebec, the number of beneficiaries edged up 1.3% in October, the second increase in three months.
The number of beneficiaries fell 1.4% in British Columbia, following a similar decline in September.
There was virtually no change in the number of beneficiaries for Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.