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The Daily

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
July 2007 (preliminary)

An estimated 531,200 Canadians (seasonally adjusted) received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in July, a 12% increase from June.

In the past, monthly increases of this magnitude in the seasonally adjusted figure have often been accompanied by an offsetting decrease in the following month.

The timing of the reference week used for these statistics can cause temporary fluctuations in the seasonally adjusted figures, especially over the summer months. The reference week is defined generally as the week including the 15th of the month. In July, the 15th fell on a Sunday, marking the start of the reference week. This means that the reference week fell as late as possible in July 2007.

As a result, comparatively more of this year's claimants whose employment lapsed at the end of June had served the required two-week EI waiting period in time to receive benefits and be counted in July.

Regular benefit payments in July totalled $702.9 million, while 218,000 people made initial and renewal claims.

Note: The mid-month reference week is used for consistency with 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 August will be released on October 23.

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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