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Employment Insurance

From October 2007 to October 2008, the number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits rose by 24,200, a 6.9% increase. 

In October of last year, 486,200 Canadians received regular EI benefits, up 3,500 from the previous month.

Ontario posted the largest year-over-year increase in regular EI recipients (18.4%), followed by British Columbia (18.2%) and Yukon (17.8%).

Among the 14 census metropolitan areas (CMAs) with the highest year-over-year increase in recipients of regular EI benefits, nine were in Ontario. The largest increases occurred in Oshawa (103.4%) and Windsor (41.9%), which have been hard hit by the decline in manufacturing, especially in the auto industry.

According to the 2006 Census, manufacturing industries are the first major employer in these CMAs, accounting for 15% of the work force in Oshawa and 23% in Windsor.

Census metropolitan areas with the highest increase in recipients of regular EI benefits

Chart: Census metropolitan areas with the highest increase in recipients of regular EI benefits

Census metropolitan areas with the highest increase in recipients of regular EI benefits

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Census metropolitan areas with the highest increase in recipients of regular EI benefits

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