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The Daily

Tuesday, June 26, 2007
April 2007 (preliminary)

An estimated 477,750 Canadians (seasonally adjusted) received regular Employment Insurance benefits in April, a slight drop from March (-0.9%). Overall, 10 of the 13 provinces and territories recorded declines, with the largest occurring in Manitoba (-3.6%) and Saskatchewan (-3.2%).

Nationally, the number of regular beneficiaries was 3.1% lower than April 2006 and has been dropping steadily since mid-2003.

Regular benefit payments in April totalled $741.2 million, while 221,500 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 is a measure of all persons who received Employment Insurance benefits from the 15th to the 21st 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 May will be released on July 24.

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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