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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Employment Insurance

March 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.

Available on CANSIM: tables 276-0001 to 276-0006, 276-0009, 276-0011, 276-0015 and 276-0016.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2604.

Employment Insurance statistics
  March 2004 February 2004 March 2003 February to March 2004 March 2003 to March 2004
  seasonally adjusted
        % change
Regular beneficiaries 550,790p 555,220p 539,710 -0.8 2.1
Regular benefits paid ($ millions) 665.9p 825.0r 748.6 -19.3 -11.0
Initial and renewal claims received ('000) 237.2p 243.1r 248.9 -2.4 -4.7
  unadjusted
All beneficiaries ('000) (see Note below) 985.8p 1,012.2p 974.4    
Regular beneficiaries ('000) 686.8p 710.4p 689.0    
Initial and renewal claims received ('000) 220.9 197.9 223.3    
Payments ($ millions) 1,409.0 1,655.1 1,573.5    
  year-to-date (January to March)
      2004 2003 2003 to 2004
          % change
Claims received ('000)     741.9 763.5 -2.8
Payments ($ millions)     4,503.7 4,392.5 2.5
rRevised figures.
pPreliminary figures.
Note:"All beneficiaries" includes all claimants receiving regular benefits (e.g., as a result of layoff) or special benefits (e.g., as a result of illness) and are representative of data for the Labour Force Survey reference week, usually the week containing the 15th of the month.

Data on Employment Insurance for April 2004 will be released on June 29.

Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits
  March 2004p February to March 2004 March 2003 to March 2004
  seasonally adjusted
    % change
Canada 550,790 -0.8 2.1
Newfoundland and Labrador 37,040 0.0 -0.7
Prince Edward Island 8,000 -1.0 -3.0
Nova Scotia 29,840 -1.8 -0.4
New Brunswick 34,120 -1.2 0.4
Quebec 183,560 -0.1 2.9
Ontario 138,540 -0.8 4.4
Manitoba 13,870 -1.8 6.2
Saskatchewan 12,130 -4.9 7.1
Alberta 29,720 -2.3 -8.5
British Columbia 61,990 -0.2 0.8
Yukon 980 1.0 3.2
Northwest Territories and Nunavut 1,210 -0.8 10.0
  unadjusted
    % change
Northwest Territories 830 -6.7 3.8
Nunavut 400 2.6 29.0
pPreliminary figures.
Note:The number of beneficiaries includes all claimants who received regular benefits for the Labour Force Survey reference week, usually the week containing the 15th day of the month.

For general information or to order data, contact Client Services (1-866-873-8788; 613-951-4090; labour@statcan.gc.ca). To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Gilles Groleau (613-951-4091), Labour Statistics Division.



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