The number of Employment Insurance beneficiaries represents a count of persons who lose their jobs and who are available for and able to work, but can't find a job. For this indicator seasonally adjusted estimates are shown.
In December 2016 there were 97,870 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Alberta. Compared with December 2015, the number of beneficiaries rose by 34,660, or 54.8%. Nationally, Employment Insurance beneficiaries increased 4.2% year-over-year.
The spike in EI claims for July 2016 stem from program changes that came into effect that month, resulting in a large increase in the number of beneficiaries.