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 22, 2021
In May 2021, there were 209,510 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Alberta, an increase of 146,620 people (+233.1%) compared with May 2020. Nationally, EI beneficiaries increased by 193.7% year-over-year. Females saw the highest increase in EI (+351.4%), growing from 24,900 to 112,410 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.