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The Daily

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
August 2007 (preliminary)

An estimated 488,600 Canadians (seasonally adjusted) received regular Employment Insurance benefits in August, a 7.6% decrease from the previous month.

The August figures are showing a decrease due to a temporary jump in July that was caused by the timing of the reference week for that month.

Over the last four years, the number of regular beneficiaries has declined 16% nationally. The decline over this period has been pronounced in Alberta (-48.4%), British Columbia (-43.4%) and Manitoba (-22.9%).

Regular benefit payments in August totalled $702.3 million, while 209,800 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 12th to the 18th 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 September will be released on November 27.

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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