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 May 2017 there were 71,950 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Alberta, a decrease of 8,960 people (11.1%) compared with May 2016, continuing the downward trend since a recent high in October 2016. Nationally, Employment Insurance beneficiaries decreased 4.9% 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.