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 - Aug 19, 2021
In June 2021, there were 204,800 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Alberta, an increase of 152,900 people (+294.6%) compared with June 2020. Nationally, EI beneficiaries increased by 270.1% year-over-year. Females saw the highest increase in EI (+434.9%), growing from 20,470 to 109,490 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.