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Employment Insurance coverage and eligibility

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The title of the infographic is "Employment Insurance coverage and eligibility"

This diagram divides the unemployed people into different groups based on the main coverage and eligibility criteria for Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits.

The total number of unemployed in 2017, as reported in the Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, was 1,189,900. This is divided into two groups: those who made contributions to the Employment Insurance (EI) program (749,400) and those who did not (440,400). Each of these two groups is further divided.

EI non-contributors are divided into two groups: those who did not contribute because their employment was not insurable (42,100 – use with caution) and those who did not contribute because they did not work in the previous 12 months, including those who never worked (398,300). These two groups are not further divided.

EI contributors are divided into two groups: those who had a valid job separation (606,700) and those who did not have a valid job separation (142,800). Each of these two groups is further divided.

EI contributors with a valid job separation are divided into two groups: those who were eligible for EI regular benefits (511,700) and those who were ineligible due to insufficient hours of employment (95,000). These two groups are not further divided.

EI contributors with an invalid job separation are divided into two groups: those who quit their job to go to school (49,100) and those who were dismissed with cause or quit for some other reason deemed invalid (93,600). These two groups are not further divided.

Note that components may not add to the total because of rounding.

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