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The Daily

Tuesday, December 19, 2006
October 2006 (preliminary)

An estimated 489,100 Canadians (seasonally adjusted) received regular Employment Insurance benefits in October, down 0.8% from September and 3.6% lower from a year ago. The year-over-year drop was widespread across provinces and territories with especially significant decreases in British Columbia (-21.4%) and Alberta (-12.5%).

The monthly decline in October was driven by decreases in all provinces except Quebec and Saskatchewan. The largest monthly declines were in Prince Edward Island (-7.5%), British Columbia (-3.5%) and New Brunswick (-2.8%).

Regular benefit payments in October totalled $710.3 million, while 224,140 people made initial and renewal claims.

Note: Employment Insurance Statistics Program data are produced from an administrative data source and may, from time to time, be affected by changes to the Employment Insurance Act or administrative procedures. The number of beneficiaries for this month is a measure of all persons who received Employment Insurance benefits from the 8th to the 14th of the month. This coincides with the reference week of the Labour Force Survey. The regular benefit payments figure measures the total of all monies paid to individuals from the 1st to the end of the month.

Available on CANSIM: tables 276-0001 to 276-0006, 276-0009, 276-0011, 276-0015 and 276-0016.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2604.

Data on Employment Insurance for November will be released on January 23, 2007.

For general information or to order data, contact Client Services (613-951-4090; or toll-free 1-866-873-8788; To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Gilles Groleau (613-951-4091), Labour Statistics Division.

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