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Thursday, November 27, 2003
Employment InsuranceSeptember 2003 (preliminary)
The estimated number of Canadians (adjusted for seasonality) receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in September fell 1.2% from August to 579,900. This is the second monthly decline following six months of increases. While the national level was largely influenced by the declines in Ontario (-1.0%) and British Columbia (-1.0%), eight provinces and territories recorded decreases.
Also on a seasonally adjusted basis, regular benefit payments in September totalled $785.6 million, while the number of people making initial and renewal claims was 250,510.
Note: Employment Insurance Statistics Program data are produced from an administrative data source and may, from time to time, be affected by changes to the Employment Insurance Act or administrative procedures.
The number of beneficiaries is a measure of all persons who received Employment Insurance benefits for the week containing the fifteenth day of the month. The regular benefit payments series measures the total of all monies received by individuals for the entire month.
Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2604.
Data on Employment Insurance for October will be released on December 19.
For general information or to order data, contact Client Services (1-866-873-8788; 613-951-4090; firstname.lastname@example.org). To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Gilles Groleau (613-951-4091), Labour Statistics Division.