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 March 2017 there were 84,390 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Alberta, an increase of 14,690 people (21.1%) compared with March 2016, though part of a 3-month downward trend since a recent peak in December. Nationally, Employment Insurance beneficiaries increased 0.7% 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.