Employment Insurance
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.
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Employment Insurance

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Analysis

PUBLISHED - Nov 18, 2021
In September 2021, there were 148,130 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Alberta, an increase of 116,820 people (+373.1%) compared with September 2020. Nationally, EI beneficiaries increased by 407.0% year-over-year. In Alberta, females saw the highest increase in EI (+648.7%), growing from 8,970 to 67,160 year-over-year. The number of regular EI beneficiaries increased in March and April 2020, as those with active claims remained in the EI program. It then declined sharply beginning in May, as all new claims were redirected to CERB. The large spike in October 2020 is due to the transition from CERB to EI.