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 - Jul 21, 2022
In May 2022, there were 53,330 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Alberta, a decrease of 149,980 people (-75.5%) compared with May 2021. Nationally, EI beneficiaries decreased by 70.0% year-over-year. In Alberta, females saw the largest decrease in EI (-79.5%), from 106,400 to 21,800 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.