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The Daily

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
November 2007 (preliminary)

An estimated 446,030 Canadians (seasonally adjusted) received regular Employment Insurance benefits in November, down 5,790 people from October and the fourth consecutive monthly decline. The decline has been widespread over this period, affecting eight provinces.

Compared with November 2006, the number of Canadians receiving regular benefits has declined 8.4%. Provincially, the largest year-over-year declines were in Saskatchewan (-16.7%), Alberta (-14.2%) and Manitoba (-13.5%).

Regular benefit payments in October totalled $695.5 million, while 207,400 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 4th to the 10th 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 December will be released on February 24.

For general information or to order data, contact Client Services (613-951-4090; 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.

Tables. Table(s).