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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Employment InsuranceMarch 2004 (preliminary)
The estimated number of Canadians (seasonally adjusted) receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in March was 550,790, a decrease of 0.8% from February. The number of beneficiaries has been dropping since last August yet is still 2.1% higher than a year ago. Increases in each of the first six months of 2003 were followed by eight consecutive month-to-month declines. At the provincial level, there have been almost continual month-to-month decreases in Quebec, Ontario and the western provinces since September 2003.
Also on a seasonally adjusted basis, regular benefit payments in March totalled $665.9 million, while the number of people making initial and renewal claims was 237,180.
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 15th 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 April 2004 will be released on June 29.
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.