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 January 2017 there were 91,730 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Alberta. Compared with January 2016, the number of beneficiaries rose by 26,750, or 41.2%. Nationally, Employment Insurance beneficiaries increased 3.7% 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.