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The Daily

Tuesday, May 29, 2007
March 2007 (preliminary)

An estimated 482,220 Canadians (seasonally adjusted) received regular Employment Insurance benefits in March, a slight drop of 0.7% from February. Provincially, the largest declines occurred in Manitoba (-2.6%), Saskatchewan (-2.3%) and British Columbia (-2.1%).

Nationally, the number of regular beneficiaries fell 3.9% from March 2006 and 12% from March 2004. Over this three-year period, the decline in regular beneficiaries was largest in Alberta and British Columbia.

Regular benefit payments in March totalled $695.5 million, while 221,370 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 11th to the 17th 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 over the course 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 April will be released on June 26.

For general information or to order data, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-866-873-8788; 613-951-4090; 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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